DIGITAL AG RESOURCES

Helping guide targeted actions to improve agricultural and forestry efficiency, productivity and sustainability

What is Digital Agriculture?

It is the use of digital devices to gather, process and analyze spatial or temporal data for integrated characterization and modeling. These modern, data-intensive technologies can help guide targeted actions to improve agricultural and forestry efficiency, productivity and sustainability.

About this Digital Agriculture Resource Website

We consider digital agriculture and applied data science for agriculture to encompass a wide range of topic areas as shown above. This site is designed to be a resource for individuals involved in digital agriculture and forestry.

The purposes of this site include:

  • Inform regarding research, education, and outreach activities, within and beyond our University
  • Offer a means to identify expertise
  • Point to opportunities to increase knowledge
  • Provide direct links to useful resources and applications
  • Highlight and announce important events

To learn more about Purdue Agriculture's research, outreach and education efforts in the digital agriculture space, visit our general Digital Agriculture website.

Upcoming Events

Data Driven Ag Seminar Series

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
PFEN 241 – Deans’ Auditorium

Join us as we hear from Dr. Krishna Nemali regarding Smart Sensors for Controlled Environment Agriculture! Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) involves the year-round production of fresh vegetables, ornamentals, and fruits under artificially managed environmental conditions in regions close to urban…

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15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture

June 26, 2022 - June 29, 2022
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture will highlight significant research and its applications in precision agriculture and showcase emerging technologies and information management for agriculture. It will offer oral and poster presentations and exhibits, as well as a discussions…

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2022 Nitrogen Use Efficiency Workshop

August 3, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lincoln, Nebraska

The NUE workshop centers on networking and exchanging innovative ideas around how to move science forward to improve nitrogen use efficiency in agriculture systems. This unique Nebraska event offers the opportunity to highlight the essential role of water management when…

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MOST RECENT POSTS

Data Driven Agriculture Seminar Series

During the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, Purdue Agriculture hosted a weekly webinar series featuring experts in data science and digital agriculture.  This semester we are back again to provide you with more exciting content! “These presentations will highlight the diversity of uses of data and automation in food and agricultural systems.” said Dennis Buckmaster,…

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Data Driven Agriculture Minor

Opportunities abound to expand the data revolution into agriculture by blending data science skills with agricultural knowledge. Pursuing the Data Driven Agriculture Minor allows you to gain valuable skillsets to leverage the complex data sources that are becoming increasingly important in all aspects of the agriculture industry. The minor includes courses that map to these…

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Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Smart Agriculture and Rural Broadband SuperCluster Workshop

NIST and its partners, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NIST), NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Purdue Research Foundation hosted the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Smart Agriculture and Rural Broadband SuperCluster workshop from July 21-23, 2021. Joined by academics and industry leaders, the hybrid event offered the opportunity to learn…

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IoT Networks: Sensors and Data Visualization

Nithin Raghunathan, research scientist, and Chariloas Mousoulis, senior research scientist, from Purdue University recently presented as part of the Data Driven Agriculture webinar series. Their presentation featured an overview of the sensors and the IoT networks being used in ag and manufacturing deployments in the 10 counties around Purdue that make up the Wabash Heartland…

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Data Driven Agriculture Webinar Series

During the Spring 2021 semester, Purdue Agriculture hosted a weekly webinar series featuring experts in data science and digital agriculture at Purdue University. Each Thursday from February through May, the Data Driven Agriculture webinars explored ways digital agriculture and data science can impact agriculture today and into the future. “Building on the momentum of last…

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Machines and Robotics

John Evans, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and David Cappelleri, associate professor of mechanical engineering, at Purdue University recently presented as part of the Data Driven Agriculture webinar series. Cappelleri discussed the new NSF Engineering Research Center on the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag).  IoT4Ag researchers will work in three interconnected…

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Public Data for the Public Good

Nicole Widmar, professor and associate head of agricultural economics at Purdue University recently presented as part of the Data Driven Agriculture webinar series. Public availability of data has helped U.S. agriculturalists engage in the worldwide marketplace in ways that would not have been possible otherwise. Widmar delves into ongoing research on public and consumer perceptions…

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Smarter Treatment of Livestock Disease

Mohit Verma, assistant professor of agricultural & biological engineering, and Aaron Ault, senior research engineer, from Purdue University recently presented as part of the Data Driven Agriculture webinar series. Bovine respiratory disease is prevalent and costly, leading to losses of almost $1 billion in the U.S. annually. Verma and Ault share how we can improve…

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Practical Applications for UAVs

John Scott, Purdue Extension coordinator for digital agriculture, recently presented as part of the Data Driven Agriculture webinar series. For many producers the most practical application for unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs – is to scout fields and while that is an important use for the technology it only scratches the surface of how these…

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Putting a Price on Farm Data

Nathan DeLay, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Purdue, presented a webinar titled Putting a Price on Data. A lot has been said about “big data” in agriculture but less is known about how farmers actually value the data they collect. DeLay covers some of the major issues facing producers and agribusiness when it comes to…

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Using Big Data in Produce Safety

Amanda Deering, clinical associate professor in food science at Purdue, and Jennifer Crandall, CEO of Safe Food En Route, LLC, recently presented a webinar titled Data in Produce Safety. The seminar provides information on how big data can be used to improve and track food safety information from the farm to food processors. In addition,…

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How Good is Deep-Learning for Weed Identification using UAV-Imagery

Dharmendra Saraswat, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and Varun Aggarwal, graduate student in agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University recently presented a webinar titled How Good is Deep-Learning for Weed Identification Using UAV-Imagery. Deep-learning methods are showing a great promise for identifying objects of interest based on benchmark test datasets. This presentation…

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