WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Join Purdue experts for the Digital Ag Showcase on Sept. 8 at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette. Participants will learn about cutting-edge research related to data-driven agriculture, see demonstrations featuring practical applications and tools that can be used on their farming operations and tour campus research facilities focused on digital agriculture.
“The day will be packed with demonstrations and highlights the work happening at Purdue related to data-driven agriculture,” said Dennis Buckmaster, professor of agricultural and biological engineering and dean’s fellow for digital agriculture. “You will be able to get your hands on new sensors, learn about free, practical tools for collecting and analyzing data, and network with researchers, Extension specialists and graduate students leading the way in applications of UAVs, sensor deployment, decision-making and automation.”
Topics to be covered include:
- Using drones (UAVs) in row crops, including low-input, high-efficiency scouting.
- Demonstrations of Purdue’s field phenotyping capabilities.
- Improved management approaches for soybean and corn.
- Introduction of GROW, a new web app for corn producers to monitor the physiological state of their corn fields.
- Replacing the “dashboard notebook” with digital field records.
Participants can choose to take campus tours to visit with Purdue faculty in their research spaces, including the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building, Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences and the Ag Alumni Seed Phenotyping Facility.
For those interested in private pesticide applicator (PARP) and commercial applicator credits, continuing certification hours will be offered in categories 1, 11, 14 and RT. Purdue Extension specialists will offer a one-hour workshop providing UAV demonstrations of pest scouting, soil nutrient monitoring, herbicide applications, benefits of precision ag applications of chemicals, and anhydrous ammonia safety.
Registration is requested by Sept. 1 as lunch will be provided. Register at purdue.ag/digitalagshowcase.
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