Fields of drones: farming without a farmer
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Engineers using drones to farm crops

A group of engineers is attempting to prove it is possible to farm a field of crops without anyone having to set foot on the field.

The Hands Free Hectare project will be using remotely controlled machinery, including drones, to plant in March and harvest in September.

Martin Abell, a partner in the project based at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, said the large machines currently used “are doing a lot of damage to the soil”.

Instead of farmers having to physically drive tractors, the smaller machines controlled by an operator from beyond the field will take over the workload.

He added that the machines won’t replace farmers, but “change the job farmers do”.

This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast on Wednesday, 2 November 2016.

  • 02 Nov 2016