Smart Farm

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

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.

Creating the Farm and Farmworkers of the Future

January 24, 2018
Thanks to technology, the farm of the future produces more food, measured by inputs of land, labor, energy or materials than ever before and does so with less water and less impact on the environment and climate. It also provides skilled careers for a new generation of farmworkers. That’s the vision behind the Smart Farm Initiative.

Farms to Feed the Future

April 28, 2017

By Laura Pizzo 

The many intersections surrounding food and agriculture—from labor and the economy to health and the environment to globalization and even ethical considerations—result in several urgent issues arising at the same time.