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Insight at the ploughing!

Insight EPE manager Chrys Ngwa was out in force with his Insight@UCC researchers at the National Ploughing Championships last week.

Imagine a farm where the tractors drive themselves and where drones monitor the animals and crops. Big Data and Artificial Intelligence can be used to figure out what's best to plant and when's best to plant it, when to feed, when to spray when to harvest. Farmers' lives would be a lot easier that's for sure. 

The possibilities are endless. These systems can be operated and managed on a more sustainable manner to reduce the overall energy footprint of the farm. There will come a time when these self driving tractors and drones will be powered by energy from wind and photo-voltaics (PV) farms as they could be charged overnight to be deployed the next day. Exciting times in farming!