Emerging agri-tech offers solutions to global challenges, and new thinking on good agricultural practice is not limited by age or geography – these are some of the uplifting messages to come out of Agri-Tech East’s REAP conference ‘Innovating towards One Agriculture’.
Start-up HayBeeSee launch Crop Hopper at Agri-Tech East’s REAP Conference.
Technology that reduces cost, improves efficiency and promotes the health of plants and animals was showcased at ‘Agri-Tech in Action’ . This Agri-Tech Week event was co-hosted by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) and Easton and Otley College.
To implement AI in the field needs more than connectivity; it also requires a common framework for relating one type of data, eg crop data, with another such as soil data. Matthew Smith explained how work by Agrimetrics on digitising field boundaries is helping to provide this framework and this will be helpful for ensuring data is meaningful.
Collaborative research to combat pathogens was the theme of the first event of Agri-Tech Week 2019, which was held at the Norwich Research Park (NRP). Disease resistance, understanding pathogen life-cycles and alternatives to antibiotics were some of the themes.
“Meeting the world’s requirements for more food by 2050 is a daunting task given current weed control methods,” says Nikolaos Koukiasas of The University of Reading, who is discussing his work at REAP 2019.
“The uncertainty over the future of metaldehyde slug pellets is forcing an era of revolutionary change in slug control,” says Dr Jenna Ross, Innovation Hub Lead at UK AgriTech centre, Crop Health and Protection Limited (CHAP).
Henry Webber, an agricultural policy advisor at Defra, is investigating the use of archaeological and agricultural datasets to provide better information on soil variation in the UK, within his PhD