Digital Agriculture

Weekly Digital Agriculture Webinar Series Kicks Off on October 1

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 University News Story

Experts in data science and digital agriculture at Purdue University are presenting a series of digital agriculture webinars each Thursday this fall, starting Oct. 1. The webinars will be at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Big Data, Safe Food conference goes forward virtually

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University will host the Big Data, Safe Food Conference online on Oc. 12-15. The conference will explore the intersection of big data and food safety through conversations with experts from industry, government and academia.

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Convergence Center Building

Ag-Analytics opens branch in Convergence Center, encouraging collaboration

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

“Digital agriculture and data science are important tools for our farmers in Indiana,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. “We look forward to finding opportunities for our researchers, Extension specialists and students to collaborate with Ag-Analytics as they join us on campus as part of the Convergence Center.”

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Forest

COVID lessons applied to forestry, climate change

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Many of the countries that successfully curbed their COVID-19 infection rates did so through the open sharing of vast amounts of data that allowed health officials to inform the public and distribute medical resources. It’s a model that officials from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) believe can also slow the world’s deforestation, forest degradation and climate change.

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Purdue University to collaborate in NSF-funded Engineering Research Center to develop the Internet of Things for precision agriculture

Monday, August 10th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University will be a partner in a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center created to develop advanced agricultural technologies to address food, energy and water security challenges.

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Forest

Purdue names Songlin Fei Dean’s Chair of Remote Sensing

Monday, August 10th, 2020 University News Story

The sheer size of the world’s forests makes measuring them with any accuracy a significant challenge. But it’s a challenge Purdue’s Songlin Fei has risen to, knowing that those forests impact the global economy, climate change mitigation, wildlife cons…

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Purdue University to collaborate in NSF-funded Engineering Research Center to develop the Internet of Things for precision agriculture

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

Purdue University will be a partner in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center created to develop advanced agricultural technologies to address food, energy and water security challenges.

With a five-year, $26 million grant, the NSF has established the Engineering Research Center for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag). Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) are NSF’s flagship engineering program for convergent research to address large-scale societal challenges.

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Purdue’s AgGrowBOT showcases innovations and ideas

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture will host AgGrowBOT May 7-8 at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE).

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Portable device lights the way to better foodborne illness detection

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 University News Story

Foodborne illness hits about one in six people in the United States every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people in the U.S. get sick due to one or more of 31 recognized pathogens, including E. coli O157:H…

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Purdue program changes the drift of communication

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer A dozen years ago, Steve Smith could anticipate the calls coming in from farmers across the state. They’d report when and how much of their crops had been damaged as glyphosate being sprayed on nearby fields caught the wind and landed on their non-resistant tomatoes. “We were having tremendous annual drift episodes,…

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A Corn Leaf with Tar Spot

New field crops pathologist hits the ground running

Friday, December 6th, 2019

By Chad Campbell “The hardest part for me,” said Darcy Telenko, “is being from a farm and knowing the impact. Knowing what it feels like when a farmer had a great crop, and a new disease emerges that impacts the final harvest and their bottom line. When talking about tar spot, I am honest with…

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Multi-sensor drone technology for plant phenotyping receives $4.5 million from energy agency

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 University News Story

A Purdue University-affiliated agbioscience startup is creating technology to help meet the growing global demand for bioenergy and, in partnership with Purdue, has received new support from the U.S. government.

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Cover Crop Harvest

Long-term study will offer more data on cover crop benefits

Monday, November 18th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer The popularity of cover crops has reemerged in recent years with farmers looking to a variety of grasses, brassicas and legumes to improve soil health. Cover crops can also improve water holding capacity, reduce erosion and weed pressure, reduce nitrogen leaching, increase soil organic matter, and potentially decrease nitrogen fertilizer application rates…

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Purdue partnering on 5G research to improve ag automation

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer Purdue University scientists are collaborating with colleagues at North Carolina State University and others on fifth-generation (5G) and beyond wireless network research that holds promise for improved farm machinery automation. The National Science Foundation and an industry consortium awarded $24 million to a partnership led by North Carolina State University to build…

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Want to keep a cow happy? AI, robotics could hold the answer

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 University News Story

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?

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Bee with RFID and a gloved hand

The latest buzz around digital agriculture

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

“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

Thursday, August 15th, 2019 University News Story

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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Plants in a phenotyping greenhouse on a conveyor belt

With digital agriculture, some improvements are automatic

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

By Chad Campbell Jian Jin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, knows to make progress, one must continuously move forward.  The mindset is reflected in his life, and in the plants in his automated greenhouse. Jin first found success in the phenotyping industry, designing imaging systems for plant screening. After finishing a milestone facility construction project…

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