Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2018. Pictured: The unveiling of Small Robot Company's Harry, the world’s first digital drilling prototype, by Belinda Clarke (Director of Agri-Tech East) and Sam Watson Jones (co-founder of Small Robot Company). Picture: Agri-Tech East. Agri-Tech East The world’s first robotic seed drill prototype for cereal crops was unveiled at the 2018 Agri-Tech Week conference – just 12 months after its makers pitched their concept at last year’s event. “Harry” is a spider-shaped smart robot, which works as a driverless drill which accurately plants seeds at a uniform depth, with minimal soil disturbance. It records exactly where it has placed individual seeds, and feeds this data back to an artificial intelligence platform, called Wilma.The machine is one of a team of three precision-engineered smart robots being developed by the Small Robot Company.“Tom”, already being trialled on farms, monitors every single … [Read more...] about ‘World-first’ farming robot takes centre stage at Agri-Tech Week
Modern farming technologies and data systems are being explored during Agri-Tech Week 2018. Image by Drone AG, one of the exhibitors at the REAP conference. Drone AG From fleets of agribots to smart tractors and survey drones, the pace of agricultural innovation is quickening – but farmers should be wary of becoming overwhelmed with information in this data-driven world. Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2018. Pictured: Prof Gerard Parr, head of the School of Computing Sciences at the UEA. Picture: Chris Hill.These were among the messages from the REAP (Realising our economic and agricultural potential) Conference in Cambridge, the centrepiece event of Agri-Tech Week 2018.The annual showcase run by Agri-Tech East brought farmers and growers together with scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and investors.While experts discussed emerging technologies, the conference hall was surrounded by exhibitors with new products including remote crop sensors, aerial survey equipment, data … [Read more...] about Agri-Tech Week 2018: Are modern farmers becoming overwhelmed with data?
Wymondham company Netmatters are flying a 20-foot blimp from their building to help publicise a new training scheme. Pictured are (L) business consultant Faizel Desai and managing director James Gulliver. Picture: Ian Burt Archant 2018 The Norfolk IT company behind an industry training scheme for software developers has been buoyed by early successes in the programme. Digital agency Netmatters, which has offices in Wymondham and Gorleston, set up the Scion Coalition Scheme as a way to address the skills gap in IT and software development after struggling to recruit talented staff in Norfolk.A new cohort of five aspiring developers has recently signed up to take part in the scheme, which has business supporters including Naked Element in Norwich, engineering firm Warren Services in Thetford, and industry group Tech East.The company believes it is one of few in the UK to offer such a training course.Alex Chenery-Howes, digital marketing executive at Netmatters, said 15 … [Read more...] about Tech company’s call to budding talent looking for step into career
The vintage farm machinery display at the 2018 Royal Norfolk Show will demonstrate threshing wheat in the 1930s-1950s. Picture: Graham Kirk Graham Kirk The innovation which is driving Norfolk farming from its historical heritage into its hi-tech future will be on display at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show. Jamie Lockhart of Honingham Thorpe Farms has attached a movement tracker to one of his sheep - and the results of this trial will be demonstrated by the UEA at the Royal Norfolk Show's innovation hub. Picture: Chris Hill Attractions at the showground on June 27 and 28 will range from working displays of bygone farm machinery, to the latest modern technologies and science on show in the Innovation Hub. At one end of the spectrum, the vintage demonstrations aim to give authentic illustrations of how the process of threshing wheat changed between the 1930s and 1950s. Graham Kirk, who organises the displays, said: “This will really be a unique opportunity to see two … [Read more...] about Royal Norfolk Show: Exploring farming innovation from bygone heritage to a hi-tech future
Gallery The Cereals 2018 event at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire. Pictured: The Sprays and Sprayers Arena. Picture: Chris Hill Chris Hill A mind-boggling array of innovations and new technologies aiming to drive the efficiency of arable farming were on display at the 2018 Cereals show. CHRIS HILL reports. The Cereals 2018 event at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire. Pictured: Joe Allnutt of the Small Robot Company. Picture: Chris Hill Robots, data and drones may form the frontiers of the next agricultural revolution – but research and engineering are already pushing the potential of East Anglian farming. That was a key theme at Cereals 2018, a major event in the arable calendar which brought thousands of farmers and rural professionals to Chrishall Grange in Cambridgeshire. Innovations on show included prototype robotics, artificial intelligence and driverless vehicles, as well as a myriad of new chemistry, crop varieties and technology. At the show’s opening debate, … [Read more...] about Cereals 2018: Arable event showcases a hi-tech farming future of robots, data and drones