Emerging technologies to overcome the limitations of time were discussed at the recent REAP 2021 conference – the report REAP 2021 – ‘Changing Time(s) For Agriculture’ has just been released.
There is much discussion of how more efficient use of resources will make farming more productive, but there are two dimensions that are frequently overlooked – time and light – and these resources are intrinsically linked.
Timing is crucial in agriculture, through the natural cycle of sowing to harvest and birth and maturation of livestock, but also for strategic decision-making such as predicting demand for perishable goods and scheduling interventions.
For humans, without automation, the working day is limited by the number of daylight hours available. Light is also key to agricultural production.
At REAP this year the delegates and speakers were asked to imagine a world where time was not an obstacle. Together they reviewed emerging agri-tech that has potential to remove this constraint from agriculture and unlock greater potential from all of its resources.
There was a lot of information to absorb on the day, along with all the networking and the International Café, so the report provides an opportunity to review the content at your leisure. If you are interested in following up with some of the speakers then do let us know. Hope to see you at the next one – save the date Tuesday 8th November for REAP 2022.
In the meantime, thanks again to our 2021 sponsors.