Sustainability

Farm Robots Need to Be Trusted to Tell Crops From Weeds

June 13, 2018
Robots will move along fields either spraying herbicides through a pen-like nozzle or pulling weeds as soon as 2019 after their makers perfect programming them to distinguish weeds from crops like tomatoes.

Harvesting Solutions

June 01, 2018
What happens when outside factors affect the amount of food people are so used to purchasing? What will food production look like in 20 years?

Closing the loop on sustainable aquaculture

May 24, 2018
On a farm just outside of Sacramento, hundreds of prehistoric-looking fish swim around in 50-foot diameter tanks. These are white sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in North America. They’ve been around since dinosaurs, can grow more than 7 feet long and lay hundreds of thousands of eggs at a time.

The Smart Farm Initiative: the Future of Precision Agriculture

April 24, 2018
At UC Davis, a team of professors have kicked off the Smart Farm Initiative. Lead by biological and agricultural engineering professor David Slaughter, the initiative strives to utilize and progress technology in agriculture to increase productivity and transform farm work to a STEM-based industry.

Future Of Farming Blossoming At UC Davis

April 04, 2018
Researchers are looking for ways to make farming a little smarter with robots and drones that could one day revolutionize the way our food is grown.

Smart Farming—Automated and Connected Agriculture

March 15, 2018
There are more humans alive on Earth right now than ever before—7.3 billion—and that number is still growing, with UN projections that it will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. A population of this magnitude brings a lot of challenges, food production chief among them.