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2018 will be ‘great year’ for British farming as its enters ‘digital revolution’

This year will be a “great year” for farming as it tinkers on the verge of the next farming revolution, according to a robotics company. Farming is set to go digital in 2018, with the UK seeing agritech finally move from field trial to field.

Agritech start-up the Small Robot Company predicts that the technology will be commercialised within three to five years and mainstream at scale within ten.

It says commercial field trials that demonstrate robotics’ potential at scale will be completed within the next growing season.

Harper Adams University is at the forefront with such technology, with its robots and its Hands Free Hectare autonomous farming project.

“2018 will be a great year for farming. Profit, yield and the environment have been ongoing worries for years – and now there’s Brexit to contend with too,” says Sam Watson Jones, co-founder of agritech start-up Small Robot Company.

“But finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We are on the verge of the next farming revolution.”

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