July 08, 2018

09/07/2018: The uptake of automation

by Chris Jackson, Export Manager, UK TAG
Chris Jackson

We are now more than halfway through another year and in the UK, harvest will very soon be upon us and we are all hoping that yields will be high however nothing in farming is assured as weather has a very major influence and here it is very changeable indeed. We had a hard winter that lasted through to mid-April but thankfully no late frosts.

After that, very little rainfall meant very light cuts of grass for silage making and to boost cereal yields. Where irrigation for potatoes and vegetables has been available with the warm growing weather, crops should be good.

The maize crops as I travel through the UK are looking very patchy, which is not a good sign for our livestock producers.

Summer in the UK is when we have through the country a chance to show off our expertise ideas and technologies through a series of farming shows and demonstrations.

These events give our farming people a chance to come together to socialise discuss and compare notes and ideas in industrial and modern jargon these events could be described as team bonding and training exercise as these events have been taking place for more than 150 years clearly demonstrating how advanced in thinking our farming communities are.

In the latest editions of these events the most modern and innovative ideas are all on display, alongside reminders of our past with antique machinery giving attendees a very valuable history lesson showing just how far we have advanced in the last 100 years.

Alongside technology that has only been improved for instance the cutter bars on harvesting machines where the finger bar configuration is still used in the most sophisticated computer-controlled harvesters shown alongside 100-year-old reapers and thrashing machines.

Not only has the farming industry seen unprecedented changes and upgrading of machinery and equipment, our milling industry has seen similar improvements to inventions developed more than 100 years ago.

Within my lifetime we have witnessed this massive change and uptake in technology making life less arduous for the farmers, whilst enabling more marginal land to be brought into production. This is all good for food production and much needed as our world population grows and more land is being used for development.

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