Smart Farm

The Age of Robot Farmers

April 09, 2019

Picking strawberries takes speed, stamina, and skill. Can a robot do it? Professor David Slaughter at the University of California, Davis demonstrates how future farmers might employ emerging technology.

Via The New Yorker

LAURELS: A Medal for Keith David Watenpaugh

February 19, 2019

Two Big Ideas champions and a Big Ideas faculty member have received national recognition for their groundbreaking work in their respective fields. Keith David Watenpaugh is the champion of the Global Human Rights Big Idea. David Slaughter is the champion of the Smart Farm Big Idea and Allen Van Deynze serves as a faculty member alongside Slaughter.

Via UC Davis News

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?

Paradigm Shift

June 01, 2018

Morning, 2048: Work is well underway as day breaks on this farm in California’s Central Valley. A robotic tractor drives along rows of tomato plants, with a snip-snip-snip as weeds are cut away. A drone hovers over a field, looking for signs of disease. In the feedlot, sensors show which cattle are thriving and which are eating less — an early sign of illness.

Via UC Davis Magazine