From data management platforms to sensors and artificial intelligence, technology in agriculture has experienced a massive boom over the past decade. This presentation will review some of the commercially available technologies for soil and crop monitoring, variable rate mapping, and plant available water predictions as well as upcoming technologies such as autonomous equipment and machine learning for data-driven on-farm management. Finally, the presentation will include an overview of activities on the Olds College Smart Farm and how the current and future projects will help producers and industry understand and quantify the value and return on investment of agriculture technology.
Wed. July 8 @ 12:00 pm PDT
Presenter: Joy Agnew, PhD, PEng
Joy grew up on a grain farm near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and earned her Ph.D. in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She spent 10 years at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute as a program manager for agricultural research services before moving on to Olds College in January 2019 where she is now the Associate VP of Applied Research. At Olds College, Joy is overseeing the activities in crops, livestock production, turfgrass, environment and wetlands applied research areas along with developing an applied research program for the new Smart Agriculture initiative. The Smart Agriculture Applied Research Program will support projects to develop and validate technologies and practices to improve productivity and sustainability of food production with a focus on utilizing data for better management decisions. Joy is also the 2019-2020 president of the Canadian Society of Bioengineering and is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan.
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