Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England's Hampshire countryside. Methodically inspecting Butler's winter wheat crop for weeds and pests, the laborer doesn't complain or even break a sweat. That's because it's a four-wheel robot dubbed 'Tom' that uses GPS, artificial intelligence and smartphone technology to digitally map the field. Joe Allnutt, lead roboticist at British startup company the Small Robot Company, inspects a farming robot named Tom as part of a trial in East Meon, southern England Tom's creator, the Small Robot Company, is part of a wave of 'agri-tech' startups working to transform production in a sector that is under economic strain due to market pressures to keep food cheap, a rising global population and the uncertainties of climate change. Most robots are still only being tested, but they offer a glimpse of how … [Read more...] about Robots in the field: Farms embrace autonomous technology as ‘agri-tech’ startups race to make food production cheaper and more efficient
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Love Island's Ovie Soko may finally get the girl as he is asked on a romantic date during a teaser for Tuesday's episode of the hit ITV2 show. The basketball player, 28, appears elated as he receives a text informing him that he will be taking one of the new girls out later in the day. In the clip, Ovie shouts out his catchphrase 'message' when he receives a text telling him that both him and his fellow Islander Chris have been picked by the bombshells. Time to shine! Love Island's Ovie may finally get the girl as he is asked on a romantic date during a teaser for Tuesday's episode of the hit ITV2 show Ovie has so far been unlucky in love after coupling up with Anna during Casa Amor, only to be dumped again when she realised her affections still lay with Jordan. He has since recoupled on a frienship basis with his pal Amber, however his luck may be about to change with Geordie newbie Harley Brash. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Love Island newcomer India Reynolds goes … [Read more...] about Love Island SPOILER: Ovie FINALLY gets a chance at love as he is chosen by new girl Harley to go on a romantic dinner date
Picking apples can be a painstaking job lasting several weeks. But at this orchard, nature has done the farmers’ work for them in one night. Tens of thousands of the fruit were blown from the trees by a devastating storm. But as luck would have it, the windfalls did not end up bruised and useless – because the orchard was flooded as a result of the bad weather. Instead, the apples’ fall was cushioned and they were gently and neatly deposited on the ground, in perfect condition, as the waters receded. The owners of the orchard, in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, had been fearing the worst as the powerful remnants of Hurricane Ophelia battered the British Isles. But instead of a scene of devastation, farmers were surprised to find the trees still standing and the fruit that usually has to be picked lying neatly on the ground in a massive and evenly-spread pile. Only a fraction of the crop remained on the branches to be picked by hand. The apples ripen late in the … [Read more...] about That’s what you call a windfall: Tens of thousands of apples carpet the floor of an orchard after Storm Ophelia blew the fruit from their trees
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Willie Mullins expressed deep pride after he became the winning-most trainer in Cheltenham Festival history. The County Carlow handler surpassed Nicky Henderson's mark of 60 winners when Laurina claimed the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle on Thursday to add to the earlier success of Penhill in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle. Mullins secured a first Festival victory as a trainer when Tourist Attraction claimed top honours in the 1995 Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Reacting to his 61st Cheltenham Festival winner, Mullins said: "When you start training in a base in Ireland, you are thinking to yourself 'if I get one Cheltenham winner that will be it', so I've never dreamt of being the winning-most trainer. It is a complete surprise. "It is a huge thank you to my staff and owners that have given us that record, as without them I wouldn't be in this position. "I'm lucky and … [Read more...] about Cheltenham Festival 2018 day three results: All the winners and reaction from every race on Thursday
Occasionally Travellers settle on a small common near where I live. There is a playground on the common, but the caravans that were previously here weren’t near it, and didn’t take up much space. I have never noticed any problems when Travellers settle here, but the rest of my community are vehemently against it. They insist that stealing and litter-dropping rise when Travellers arrive. They have signed petitions and asked the council to prevent them from settling. This anti-Traveller sentiment seems to unite all parts of the community. Recently I noticed that large rocks and raised plant beds had been placed around the common, which someone informed me was a council initiative to stop Travellers driving on to the land. How do I know if this is true? Why is it that being anti-Traveller is still acceptable and why is the council supporting the community in this regard? Surely, the Travellers are legally allowed to settle on this land as it is held in common. Your assumption … [Read more...] about My community is vehemently against Travellers settling on a local common. How can I challenge this?