Even cows have emotions and a happy cow is a better milk producer than one under stress. But how do dairy farmers read an individual bovine animal not known for its facial expression amongst a herd of up to 10,000?Read More
“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.”…Read More
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.Read More
Barely moved into his new working area, Aaron Walz is already working to bridge gaps between data collection and data use at Purdue. Eager to begin in his new role, Walz has unpacked little more than the essentials: a computer, digital photo frame and his guitar. “We currently have a professor who is working on…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
As big data continues to redefine processes and possibilities in agriculture, Purdue University helps lead the way through innovative, interdisciplinary research. This convergence of technology in agriculture is driving the industry forward across many applications.
Agriculture is an area ripe for technological acceleration; however, the data processing, computation, communication and storage requirements of research programs expands exponentially. To advance the field, Purdue partners with programs, organizations, and initiatives to reach shared objectives. Purdue is collaborating with information technology companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise to combine Internet of Things (IoT) and high-performance computing to gather, transmit and analyze field and lab data to reduce the time to discovery.
Researchers in forestry, plants, animals, natural resources and human well-being incorporate the newest applications of technology to make faster and more informed decisions than ever before.
Revolutionary imaging systems raise the speed and accuracy of plant data collection through phenotyping, contributing to the fight against global hunger. UAVs pair with high-speed internet to capture and transfer valuable information in real time. Digital agriculture provides new ways to monitor livestock without human intervention, optimizing the contribution and well-being of individual animals. By incorporating the tools of digital agriculture, we can monitor and preserve forests and natural resources. New technologies and their adoption present opportunities to collect and transmit data in increasingly remote areas.