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.

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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…


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…


Key Terms

ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange)

Widely used computer code for identifying numbers, letters and special characters.


A mathematical formula that may be used to control variable rate applications.


Wired data network connection between electronic devices. The hardware/wiring of CAN-Bus networks are generally the same, while the protocols for communication can be different and vary depending on the industry where they are used. These networks are used to link multiple sensors to an electronic controller, which can be linked to relays or other devices on a single set of wires. This reduces the amount of wires needed for a system and allows for a cleaner way to connect additional devices as system demands change.

Autonomous operation

Vehicle guidance without the need for human intervention. A tractor may be driven by a series of on-board sensors and GPS.