Digital Agriculture

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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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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Successful Farming names Purdue-based Solinftec a 2019 ag tech startup to watch

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 University News Story

Solinftec, a digital agriculture company that recently established U.S. headquarters at the Purdue Research Park and is already working with American farmers, has been named by Successful Farming as one of eight ag tech startups worth watching in 2019.

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