Future technology in agriculture to be discussed at Lincolnshire Farming Conference

Robotics in agriculture will be a key talking point at this year’s Lincolnshire Farming Conference at the Lincolnshire Showground.

The conference, to be held on Tuesday, February 27, has the ‘future of farming’ as this year’s theme and will have a new format.

This year, there will be 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 will see 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.

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 will 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.

“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 conference is open from 10am to 5pm and 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 click or tap here.