HARBIN, May 13 (Xinhua) — Agricultural drones are flying above while driverless machines transplant rows of rice seedlings in a farm in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, a major rice production base. The work is carried out on an almost 11-hectare field in Hongwei Farm, Heilongjiang, one of China’s 10 selected grain plantation areas to test agricultural automation for the next-generation of farming. Wang Fenglong, a supervisor in the Hongwei Farm, said only one person was needed for the farming. The drones are navigated by China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. He said the test would be done in both plain and hilly land, for growing a variety of crops ranging from rice, wheat and vegetables to cotton, fruit and tobacco. Sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the 10 designated farms in Jiangsu Province, Chongqing Municipality, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region as well as Henan and Hainan provinces started the test this year. Liu Xiaowei, an official with the Farming Mechanization Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said the ministries had group...