[19 October/Stuff]

Big tractors could be over if farmers are to meet tighter environmental goals. Agricultural Robotics Expert Simon Blackmore said that the industry would likely replace large farming machinery with more efficient systems in the future. While this change would be disruptive, it would be worthwhile. He estimated that 90 percent of energy going into cultivation was repairing soil compaction damage caused by machines. Ultra-light and energy efficient conceptual robotic seeding machines that allow sowing in almost any weather are currently in development.