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Robot-tended farm yields first autonomous harvest

Oct 02, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT
(Source: SupportPDX/flickr)
(Source: SupportPDX/flickr)

Hands Free Hectare, an experimental farm managed by Harper Adams University in the United Kingdom, has become the world’s first farm to yield a harvest, produced completely by autonomous machines.

Every step – sowing, fertilizing, collecting samples and harvesting – has been carried out by GPS-guided machines that are retrofitted with actuators, electronics, and robotic technology, notes Live Science.

The technology could help farmers rope in drones and robotic tractors to achieve all the required tasks in lesser time, while increasing yields and retaining soil quality, writes Drone Addicts.

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