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Robots Plant And Harvest Barley Without Help From Humans

By Tessa Love

The future of farming has arrived. Last October, scientists at Harper Adams University in Edgmond, England, decided to experiment with the prospect of creating a fully automated, robot-grown farm. Now, that farm – aptly named the Hands Free Hectare – has produced its first crop: five tons of spring barley processed from seed to harvest without the intervention of humans. 

The farm is the first in the world to plant, tend and harvest a crop with only autonomous vehicles and drones, and the success of the project has big implications for the future of farming. Will robots soon grow all our food? Will farmers be out of a job? Well, not yet, but it may change the jobs that farmers actually do – instead of tending the land themselves, the Hands Free Hectare team imagines farmers monitoring a fleet of autonomous vehicles.

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