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Robot takeover: Future of farming to be discussed at Lincs farming conference

ROBOTICS in agriculture will be a key talking point at this year’s Lincolnshire Farming Conference, to be held on Tuesday February 27 at the Lincolnshire Showground.

Robot takeover: Future of farming to be discussed at Lincs farming conference

The conference, which has ‘future of farming’ as this year’s theme, will have a new format for 2018, with an exhibition morning showcasing the latest technology, including demonstrations of drones and robots. Breakout sessions with local businesses will also be held throughout the morning, alongside the popular exhibition. After lunch, the afternoon sees topical talks from various key speakers.

The latest farming innovations and developing technologies will be discussed by top industry experts from across the country, including agri-robotics specialists from Harper Adams University, ABB Robotics and the University of Lincoln.

Pal From, professor in agri-robotics at the University of Lincoln and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, is one of the speakers at the conference who will be discussing ‘robots are the future.’

Pal said: “I will be talking about my main research areas, which are modelling and control of robotic manipulators and mobile robots with application to agricultural robotics.

“During my talk I will touch on aspects from one of the largest research projects on agricultural robotics worldwide – The RAS-Berry project. The case study will be discussed to show the need to develop fully autonomous robots for the horticultural industry, particularly strawberry production.”

Technologies and innovations in farming engineering will also be discussed at the conference. Garford Farm Machinery will be describing the technology behind their products and outlining some of the latest developments in machine vision technology.

Garford Farm Machinery will be demonstrating the ‘Spot Sprayer’ at the one-day event, which uses cameras to locate weeds growing between and within the crop rows. This technology can achieve a 98% reduction in herbicide use with dramatic environmental benefits and a significant reduction in input costs.

With the new format for 2018, the ‘show and tell’ morning sessions include Case IH auto-driving with Louth Tractors, hands-free hectare with Harper Adams and field sampling with SOYL.

Chris Rothery, a trustee of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, said: “Lincolnshire is one of the biggest agricultural counties, so it is great that we are able to bring industry experts and the farming community together to meet on Lincolnshire soil, offering support, advice and networking opportunities

“The exhibition morning with breakout sessions will make it particularly interesting for visitors – something which has not been done at the conference before. We look forward to welcoming attendees and exhibitors from across the Midlands, as we all look towards a bright and strong future for the farming sector.”

The Lincolnshire Showground is well placed geographically attracting attendees and exhibitors across the Midlands and further afield. Sponsors of the Lincolnshire Farming Conference include Openfield, Anglian Water, Househam, Brown & Co, Wilkin Chapman, Omnia, HSBC, Riseholme College, University of Lincoln, SOYL and CLAAS.

The conference is open from 10am to 5pm and refreshments will be available alongside networking opportunities. A reception hosted by the Impact Group, the Society’s networking group for under 35’s, will also take place after the conference ends at 5pm.

Tickets cost £15 for adults, £6 for students, with members of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society free to attend once registered, including lunch. To book a place at the 2018 conference visit

For regular updates, follow the Lincolnshire Farming Conference on Twitter @LincsShowground or join the conversation at #LFC2018          

For more information about the annual Lincolnshire Farming Conference, please visit or call 01522 522900 for further details.

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