From the invention of hoes, scythes and ploughs to the introduction of tractors, innovation is at the heart of agriculture, writes Anmar Frangoul on CNBC.com. Today, a number of digital technologies — from autonomous robots that pick fruit to subterranean farms — are helping transform the industry.
As technology develops, it’s only natural that the sector will change and adapt. Its within that context that research carried out at institutions such as Harper Adams University is becoming increasingly important.
Founded in 1901, the university is based around a 635-acre farm in Shropshire, England. It focuses on everything from food production to animal sciences, engineering and land management.
Simon Blackmore is head of robotic agriculture at Harper Adams University. His research interests include precision farming, agricultural robots and smart machines.
“As an agricultural engineer I’m looking at agriculture from the machinery point of view,” he told CNBC’s Lubna Takruri. “I believe with the opportunities that we’ve got in this new technology we’re going to get a new revolution in agriculture, in crop production, that is going to take advantage of these technologies.”