Plant breeders, engineers, computer scientists, and aviation scientists are collaborating in a space that impacts our entire food production system – the field.  Once laborious and time-consuming processes are now automated for measuring characteristics such as plant height, nitrogen content, and photosynthetic activity. The process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics, phenotyping, allows researchers to observe and measure from remote sensors in the air and on the ground under variable environmental conditions. Understanding this variation will help farmers and plant breeders grow better crops regardless of the environment, and allow researchers to more quickly identify how and why genes are expressed.

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REEU – Data Science for Agriculture – a funded summer for undergrads!

This USDA/NIFA funded summer experiential research program, hosted at Purdue University, is designed to equip participants with data science skills that complement their agricultural discipline knowledge. We will enable them to contribute to the rapidly developing research and practice of digital agriculture in a student-centered,…


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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…


Tools for Planting Season

There are many posts on a variety of topics related to digital agriculture on our Digital Ag Resources website! Specifically as we head into the spring planting season, we think these might be particularly useful to you: Search a listing of more than 500 agricultural applications (apps) you can download and use on your phone,…


Key Terms

Application Map

A plan showing the location and rate at which inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, or pesticides will be applied across a field, derived manually or automatically from analysis of yield maps or according to field grids or zones.

GPS (Global Positioning System)

Radionavigation facility which consists of a network of satellites and earth stations that are controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense to determine a radio receiver’s position in latitude, longitude and altitude.


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


A device that measures the amount of electromagnetic radiation, including visible and invisible light waves.