The economic and societal importance of vegetables, tree fruits and nuts, berries, grapes, nursery and greenhouse production, as well as specialty grains and oilseeds offers boundless opportunities for implementing digital agriculture.  Challenges include the many unique production environments that characterize specialty crop production, the critical importance of product quality and time sensitivity of many operations.

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Pricing For Local Markets

The growth of local food movements offers farmers economic opportunities to access attractive markets for fresh locally-grown crops, such as farmers markets. Farmers markets, a key outlet for beginning and smaller growers, are considered the centerpiece of local food systems. These markets connect food producers…


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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…


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,…


Key Terms

Data Logger

Used to store electronic data sent by a measurement device. A yield monitor is an example of a data logging device.


An electronic device used to change product application rates on-the-go in different parts of the field based on user directions or prescription application maps.

Differential correction

Modification of GPS signal information to increase accuracy. Correction of a signal is done from a second GPS receiver/transmitter at a known fixed location. The signal is then transmitted to the tractor, combine or other equipment that corrects the proper location through differential processing. Differential correction signals can be transmitted from satellites, on AM or FM radio, or through other means.

Autonomous operation

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


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