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Below are just a few of the projects currently being researched by the National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams University in collaboration with many industry partners in order to enable farmers around the world to optimise their use of resources and improve their yeilds through the use of technology.

Yellow Gold

To redesign, fabricate, test and refine machinery for introducing daffodil bulbs into permanent pasture and harvesting the subsequent green growth.

Technologies:  Sensors, VR sprayers, actuators

Partners: Harper Adams University, Agroceutical Products Ltd, Aberystwyth University

Funding:  BBSRC

Hands Free Hectare

Automated machines growing the first arable crop remotely, without operators in the driving seats or agronomists on the ground.

Technologies: Sensors, VR sprayers, actuators, autopilot, open source code, RTK, GPS, Lasers

Partners:  Harper Adams University, Precision Decisions

Funding:  AHDB, Innovate UK

Find out more:

Website: www.handsfreehectare.com

Twitter: @FreeHectare

Synergy

To investigate, develop and evaluate a framework for platooning of closely spaced autonomous vehicles. Comprising a number of heterogeneous vehicles.

Technologies: Laser Ranging, Platooning

Partners: Harper Adams University, Westfield, Cisco, Westfield Sportscars Ltd, Manchester Airport Group plc, Stockport City Council, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Fusion Processing, Conigital Ltd

Funding:  Innovate UK

Robochick

To demonstrate the feasibility of a mobile robotic system capable of accurate autonomous navigation and environmental sensing for data collection in commercial poultry sheds.

Technologies: Robot automation, Environment Sensing

Partners: Royal Veterinary College, Applied Poultry Ltd, Ross Robotics Ltd

Funding: Innovate UK, BBSRC

Agro Integrated Systems

To assess the affordability of mechanisation systems along with conservation agriculture for smallholders in Zambia and develop and evaluate economically a novel approach of farm service centre (agrodealer) for support and training of smallholders.

Technologies: GPS, telemetry, electronic records

Partners:  Harper Adams University, AGCO Ltd, AGCO (ZAMBIA) LTD, Agrodealers (Zambia), IPOSINET DIGITAL Ltd (Zambia)

Funding:  Innovate UK

AirPOD

To utilise the latest technology in automation sensing for navigation and technology in the form of battery, bio composite materials, autonomous control and light weighting structures.

Technologies:

Partners: Harper Adams University, Westfield Autonomous Vehicles

Funding: Niche Vehicle Network

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