IN A field on the outskirts of Norwich, Innes McEwan, head of farming at Future Biogas, explains the benefits of maize. It is full of starchy energy, responds well to organic fertilisers, has a short growing season and can be cultivated in a range of soil types.Read more
Before stepping into Plenty Inc.’s indoor farm on the banks of the San Francisco Bay, make sure you’re wearing pants and closed-toe shoes. Heels aren’t allowed. If you have long hair, tie it back.Read more
An Australian engineer is hoping to use drones to plant 1 billion trees every year to fight an unfolding global catastrophe.Read more
Seven years ago, James Harrison was at his desk researching ideas for a business using drones. Having recently left the British army, the ex-officer was researching which industries might benefit from using unmanned craft for a company he planned to launch with two former colleagues.Read more
IT IS, in one way, the ultimate drone. In another, though, it is the antithesis of what a drone should be. Drones are supposed to laze around in the hive while their sisters collect nectar and pollinate flowers. But pollination is this drone’s very reason for existing.Read more
Peppers are a pretty big deal, mostly because they’re delicious. Globally, over 26 million metric tonnes of peppers are produced every year, with Europe’s crops alone amounting to $400 million. However, although picking the fruits is a simple job for a human, it remains highly labor-intensive.Read more
When the general public first learned about drones, the context was largely related to military applications and spy tactics, so the unmanned aircraft were cast with a bad rap. Years later, a number of creative technologists have found ways to use drones to help people, animals, and the environment.Read more
Police are flying drones over farmland in a bid to deter rural criminals in Essex. The initiative is part of Operation Buzzard, launched by Essex Police at Cherry Tree Orchard Farm, Orsett, on Saturday 24 September.
Operation Buzzard aims to reduce rural crime by making best use of the police’s specialist teams and partners across the county.Read more
New laws which will allow drones to fly longer distances than ever before could boost business in the most remote parts of Scotland, it has been claimed.
Business leaders will gather in Inverness for Drone Week from tomorrow (Monday) to hear how new regulations, currently being devised, will allow Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) navigation of the unmanned aircraft in the UK for the first time.Read more
ON THE Dancing Crow farm in Washington, sunflowers and squashes soak up the rich autumn sunshine beside a row of solar panels. This bucolic smallholding provides organic vegetables to the farmers’ markets of Seattle. But it is also home to an experiment by Microsoft, a big computing firm, that it hopes will transform agriculture further afield.Read more
Automated farming of radishes.Read more