Technical Comittee on: Agricultural Robotics and Automation
Program August 2012

Simon Blackmore, Harper Adams University College: The Future of Precision Farming; Designing Systems for the Farm of Tomorrow

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This talk describes a novel agricultural mechanisation system based on small smart machines. It separates the current mechanisation methods from the original plant requirements and in doing so allows a new specification to develop based on agronomic, economic and environmental needs that can lead to a more sustainable production system. Three main groups of field operations have been identified: Crop establishment, Plant care and Selective harvesting. Each process and operation brings its own challenges and opportunities. The resulting framework should give the basis for mechanisation well into the 21st century.


Simon Blackmore is a key figure in the development of Precision Farming and agricultural robotics with a world-wide reputation. He worked for twelve years in Africa and Europe before starting his academic career and now collaborates with many universities around the world to help develop Precision Farming and agricultural robotics. Five of his most recent positions and accomplishments include:

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