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Signal of change / Hands Free Hectare is first in the world to grow, tend, and harvest a crop without direct human intervention

By Simon Billing / 03 Oct 2017

A Field Farmed Only by Drones

Across the United Kingdom, the last of the spring barley has been brought in from the fields, the culmination of an agricultural calendar whose rhythm has remained unchanged for millennia. But when the nineteenth-century poet John Clare wrote, in his month-by-month description of the rural year, that in September "harvest's busy hum declines," it seems unlikely that he was imagining the particular buzz-akin to an amplified mosquito-of a drone.



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