Harper Adams to demo ground-breaking drone work at this year’s Cereals show

Ground-breaking work carried out by drones and autonomous vehicles which could transform modern agriculture will be demonstrated by a Harper Adams researcher at this year’s Cereals show.

Jonathan Gill, mechatronics & UAV researcher at Harper Adams, will be among those showing how the latest autonomous drone and robot equipment available to the arable farmer can be used to revolutionise a range of tasks.

Mr Gill, who will be HAU’s pilot for the twice-daily demonstrations, has been a keen advocate of the use of the systems in agriculture – through both practical autonomous agriculture on Harper Adams University’s unique Hands-Free Farm and via discussions with leading opinion formers and policy makers who are examining how technology and farming will intersect in the future.

As part of this latter work, he spoke to MPs and Peers in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Science and Technology in Agriculture earlier this year, where he explained some of the regulatory changes needed to tap the full potential of autonomous agriculture.

Mr Gill said: “We want to show the potential that this technology has and some of the ways it can change agriculture.

“We can do absolutely amazing things autonomously, and we want to get people thinking about the ways they can use this technology to transform their work in the years to come.”

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