Field crop production has been a leading area for digital agriculture in many places around the world, due in part to large scale and mechanization. Machine guidance and site-specific input application is commonplace. Natural variations in soil characteristics, spatially and temporally managing water, nutrients, and pesticides offer great opportunities to add value. Automation is poised to change production environments in the coming years.
The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, aka drones) Initiative started in 2017 with Specialists conducting field-level research and expanded in 2018 with funding support from Dr. Jason Henderson to acquire UAVs for Educators across the state. The initial group was comprised of 17 Educators and has since grown to over 20…READ MORE