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The latest buzz around digital agriculture

A bee with and RFID held by a gloved hand

“It wasn’t until a family friend took me beekeeping that I got hooked,” recalled Brock Harpur, assistant professor of entomology. “It happened as soon as I put on the suit, opened up the colony and saw the life inside. It’s pretty remarkable what you can see inside of a honey bee colony as a scientist.”…

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Digital agriculture: Why the future is now

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How is digital agriculture going to change the landscape of farming over the next decade?

It depends on who you ask.

Many see digital agriculture as the future of the industry. At Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, however, the future is unfolding now, in different patterns and paces across campus.

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Speed of data collection takes flight with drones

Digital agriculture developments allow UAVs to collect a new level of data using advanced sensors. Technology opens up grand new possibilities of scale for plant science, transferring what once was slow, inefficient research by humans into rapid collection of vast quantities of data by unmanned vehicles, robotic systems, and sensors embedded in the field.

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With digital agriculture, phenotyping improvements are automatic

Jian Jin

Jian Jin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, knows to make progress, one must continuously move forward. The mindset is reflected in his automatic high-throughput phenotyping greenhouse, which is able to collect continuous data with hyperspectral imaging. The system is one of several exciting innovations produced by Jin’s lab in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

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Agricultural economics expert looks for value in digital agriculture

Agricultural economics expert looks for value in digital agriculture

Decisions involving digital agriculture innovations are made with agricultural economics analysis. Nathan DeLay, assistant professor of agricultural analytics and production, focuses on the big picture, making the image clearer for industry. DeLay recently joined Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics to focus on data analytics and precision agriculture. His goal is to improve farm policy and producer decision-making.

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