Episode 3 of McCain Foods’ new The Hot Potato podcast is now live on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other major podcast streaming platforms. ‘Robo Farms’ hones in on the innovative topic of precision farming and the exciting technology we’re seeing on farms. Ensuring crops and farms are climate resilient is more important than ever. Can technology help us catch up with climate change to ‘future-proof’ our farms?
Special guests in Episode 3 are Martin Harris, Soil Specialist and Agronomist at Agropedo, and Emily Ford, Senior Agronomist at Quattro Ventures to tackle the complex yet fascinating and growing world of AgTech.
Martin is a passionate soil classification specialist and agronomist. He focuses on practices that mitigate crop production risk. With 16 years of experience in precision agriculture, Martin focuses on merging science and field practices for the benefit of the producer. In her daily work, Emily works on crop production through real-time field monitoring and providing solutions for top crop performance.
Drones, DNA sampling and future gazing are all topics that feature in the episode; informing listeners on the various available technologies helping to make farming more sustainable.
“I don’t think you will ever replace boots on the ground, but I think AI or technology assistance will help farmers to be more productive and have more time,” says Emily. “I think it’s more about a symbiotic relationship between farmers and technology than one replacing the other, because nobody knows their land better than a farmer.”
Hosted by Louise Gray, environmental journalist and author, McCain’s new series explores the topic of regenerative agriculture through the lens of experts in the field, with different subject topics debated per episode.
Go to this page to access all episodes of The Hot Potato podcast series.