A record number of 297,000 people attended the 88th National Ploughing Championships held in County Carlow, Ireland over three days from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 September.
New to the event this year was the agri-tech pavilion which showcased interactive demonstrations from Harper Adams University including "Norman the farming robot", an autonomous precision scouting and spraying robot. These demonstrations took place throughout each of the three days. There were also demonstrations on platooning, laser weeding and vision systems.
The ROSbot 2.0, a tool used for research and development in the Engineering Department at Harper Adams, was also demonstrated. This robot has a 360 degree LIDAR detector which emits small beams of light to detect distance as well as a distance sensing colour camera. The onboard inertial measurement unit (IMU) allows the acceleration and angle of travel to be measured. Its four wheels are able to move independently. The robot can communicate with devices such as laptops and desktops to share data. Small robots like this have huge roles in agricultural engineering research.
We were also pleased to welcome NPAIE President James Sutton and Managing Director Anna-May McHugh to the Harper Adams University stand just a day before Anna travelled to the UK to receive her honorary doctorate at our graduation ceremony.
The 89th National Ploughing Championships will take place on 15 to 17 September 2020.
We are looking forward to attending the 88th National Ploughing Championships @NPAIE tomorrow until 19th September. For more info on the show, click here: https://t.co/HLKS98sy9L @HarperAdamsUni #Ireland #degreesthatmatter #ukagriculture pic.twitter.com/mXJQDeJuuW— Harper Adams On Tour (@HarperOnTour) September 16, 2019
Norman our autonomous vehicle loving life in the sun #Ploughing19 @NPAIE @BritEmbDublin Thanks to @HarperAdamsUni for bringing him to Ireland @BritEmbDublin @BITAIreland #UKIREAgriTech @FreeHectare @midsengine @tradegovuk pic.twitter.com/xDDlxytGvn— Dept.Int.Trade IRE (@tradegovukIRE) September 18, 2019
‘Norman the farming Robot’ showing us what he can do ??@HarperAdamsUni are showcasing the autonomous farming machine at the demo site at 10am 12pm, 2pm & 4pm each day of #Ploughing2019 #UKIRLagritech @NPAIE @tradegovukIRE pic.twitter.com/Eyb2KqDM3R— British Embassy (@BritEmbDublin) September 17, 2019
It's been an exciting day at this year's National Ploughing Championships 2019. We're here all week so come and say hello! #NationalPloughingChampionships #Degreesthatmatter pic.twitter.com/gxG6VmQxup— Harper Adams University (@HarperAdamsUni) September 17, 2019
Have you said hello to Norman The Autonomous Precision Scouting and Spraying #robot by @HarperAdamsUni yet? You can find him Block 4 Row 12, demo times are 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm daily #ukirlagritech pic.twitter.com/CXewnqhZcZ— Dept.Int.Trade IRE (@tradegovukIRE) September 17, 2019
Congratulations to Anna May and all at NPA for another successful ploughing championships in Carlow.— Andrew Doyle TD (@ADoyleTD) September 19, 2019
Not one to rest on her laurels, Anna May sets sail in the early hours to receive a prestigious honorary doctorate in Harper Adams, well deserved, well done! pic.twitter.com/XTc4XlyIM5
Rounding off a terrific three days at #Ploughing19 with a visit from @NPAIE Anna May McHugh. Tomorrow she receives an honorary degree from @HarperAdamsUni, partners in our #UKIRLagritech hub. ????????collaboration @CPageFCO @tradegovukIRE pic.twitter.com/banSigHKYl— British Embassy (@BritEmbDublin) September 19, 2019
It was a delight to welcome the @NPAIE President James Sutton and Managing Director Anna-May McHugh to our stand today at #Ploughing19. Mrs McHugh will be at Harper Adams for graduation tomorrow where she will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree. pic.twitter.com/i5OYEBJhQ8— Harper Adams University (@HarperAdamsUni) September 19, 2019
Celebrating the end of #Ploughing19 with a reception to say thank you to all our partners and contacts! Already looking forward to next year @BritEmbDublin @HarperAdamsUni @BITAIntl @BrIreCham @SoilEssentials @NPAIE pic.twitter.com/HPYErrIthR— Dept.Int.Trade IRE (@tradegovukIRE) September 19, 2019