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Unveiling the theme for REAP 2024

Agri-TechE Blog

“You’re ALL individuals” proclaims Brian, the anti-hero in Monty Python’s infamous film, The Life of Brian.

“Yes” replies the assembled crowd, speaking in unison… “We ARE all individuals.”

Global agriculture has become simultaneously both larger scale and yet more granular and personalised, thanks to technology. But do the benefits of bespoke management of individual plants, animals or birds really outweigh the costs when compared with broadscale handling of the entire crop, herd or flock?

On the one hand, the ability to observe and manage very large areas of land is a triumph of productivity and efficiency, enabling farm and land operations to take place at scale. Within that, however, are innovations that are enabling ever more precise management of crops and livestock – to the point where individual plants, animals and land areas can benefit from specific, tailored husbandry regimes.

Robotic dairies have made management of individual dairy cows a reality, and the rise of robotics and automation enables per-plant management. As interest rises in inter-cropping, it’s even possible to manage two or more crops simultaneously in a field, so one size – or blanket application – no longer fits all.

Robotic dairy
Milking robot at Mill Farm Dairy
Intercropping plants
Intercropping beans

But how feasible is it to deliver optimal nutrition, water, and bespoke pest and disease prevention to every individual and, is it worth the return on the investment?

Do yields, quality and welfare increase significantly by better, bespoke management?

Will this accelerate the journey to reaching net zero GHG emissions for the industry?

And will precision management mean that individuals become more resilient to a lower input future, or will it lead to even more dependence and an unmanageable data tsunami to keep track of the various demands and needs of individuals?

Just because technology enables detailed information to be gathered at a very granular level, is it desirable to do so? What is this information revealing about what to do differently?

Enter REAP 2024.

theme for REAP 2024

To answer all these, for our theme this year we’ll be considering where the balance lies between “management of the many” compared with “optimisation of the one.”

As well as hearing about the hottest agri-tech start-ups, the exciting emerging farm-facing research, and meeting existing and future contacts, registration is now open for REAP 2024.

Our keynote REAP speaker, Elliott Grant from Mineral, has been pioneering “computational agriculture” to transform agriculture. His thesis is that high frequency – not just high-resolution management in farming is now possible, with autonomous, AI-enabled machines working alongside humans. This way, the robots and humans can learn together the specific details of a farm, field, soil type, and management practices can build on previous learned knowledge and designed experimentation.

Join us on 6 November, 2024. REAP 2024 Early Bird tickets are on sale now.

And, we are accepting applications for organisations to join our REAP technology exhibition.