Tag: crops

  • Envisioning Harvest 2050 and Beyond

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham
    Scientist working in the field
    Copyright: Rothamsted Research

    On Friday 22 September 2017 the UK officially bid farewell to summer and welcomed in the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ – epitomised by Keats in his poem ‘Ode to Autumn’. The arrival of the new season is signalled by changes in the environment around us – chlorophyll breaking down to reveal the gold and red hues we associate with autumn. And so, with thoughts of harvest in the air, the recent completion of the Hands Free Hectare caught my attention.  This project, a collaboration between Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, is the first ever in the world to plant, tend and harvest a crop via autonomous vehicles and drones. It provides a glimpse of how innovative technology can transform current approaches to agriculture, including harvesting, and stimulates thoughts on what our food production systems might look like in 2050. […]

  • Post-‘purdah’ round-up

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    As you may well know, as a public body we’ve been restricted on our communications in the run-up to the election and so I’ve been unable to keep up my usual run of blogs. We are now clear of so-called ‘purdah’ and a lot has happened in bioscience in the 12 weeks since my last blog. So this will be a quick canter through just a few of the many things which caught my eye… […]