Smart Farm

Taking a Byte Out of Big Data in Farming

January 13, 2020
The volume of data produced globally is massive, tracking everything from how much television we watch, to worldwide weather patterns, to the nutrient content of the soil we use to grow food.

Tech for Sustainable Food Production

October 09, 2019
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Professor David Slaughter is the champion of the Smart Farm Big Idea. He believes the next era of agriculture begins with the expertise here at UC Davis. We spoke with him about what Smart Farm is and how it has the potential to change the way we grow food worldwide.

Where Will We Find Tech-Savvy Farm Workers?

July 24, 2019
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) professor David Slaughter, a man at the forefront of digital technologies in specialty crop farming, can feel the early tremors of farming’s major disruptive force approaching.

Hoofing IT at the Dairy Barn

July 12, 2019
Professor Cassandra Tucker of animal sciences has been working with cows at the UC Davis Dairy Teaching and Research Facility to help improve animal welfare through the use of accelerometers. These accelerometers, or “cow Fitbits,” are placed around the neck of the cow like a collar or hung as an ear tag.

The Age of Robot Farmers

April 09, 2019
Picking strawberries takes speed, stamina, and skill. Can a robot do it? Professor David Slaughter, champion of the Smart Farm Big Idea, demonstrates how future farmers might employ emerging technology.

Breeding for the Farm of the Future

March 21, 2019
New technology has greatly enhanced the ability of plant breeders to feed the world’s growing population, while spearheading a new era of agriculture in harmony with nature and people. This concept is part of UC Davis’ Smart Farm Big Idea.

Gene Network Lets Plant Roots Handle Nitrogen

October 24, 2018
With robotics, computers and advanced genetics, researchers at the UC Davis and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have established a core set of genes that help plants metabolize nitrogen, the key to plant growth and crop yield.