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Future Food: Hands Free Hectare

The autonomous farming project Hands Free Hectare grew and harvested a hectare of spring barley entirely using robotics: now it's vying for a BBC Food and Farming Award.

The autonomous farming project Hands Free Hectare achieved a world-first last summer - when the team successfully oversaw the growing and harvesting of a crop managed entirely by machinery.

As the team at Harper Adams University work to perfect their driverless tractor, their drones, their combine harvester and the other mechanical members of the farming team, Lucy Taylor finds out how this less intrusive fleet could help soil health - and how soon we'll see autonomous harvests taking place in fields across the UK.

This is the second of three programmes, showcasing the finalists in the 'Farming Today Future Food Award' category of the 2018 BBC Food and Farming Awards.

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