WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s College of Agriculture will host a Digital Agriculture Roundtable on Sept. 10 to showcase the different application uses for digital agriculture.

The all-day event will start at the Beck Agricultural Center at the agronomy farm, where attendees will watch field demonstrations involving unmanned aerial vehicles.

After lunch, buses will take attendees to campus, where they will participate in several rotations showing how digital agriculture is being used in forestry, livestock, crop disease management and more.

Marshall Martin, the senior associate director of Agricultural Research at Purdue, as well as assistant dean for the College of Agriculture and an agricultural economics professor, said the focus of the roundtable is to show people how Purdue faculty members are using digital applications in the agriculture industry.

“We will do a field demonstration using UAVs and collect digital data and display the work,” Martin said, adding that the roundtable also will include a tour of the phenotyping facility where they process different grain crops, including corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.

Martin said the facility focuses on what genes are doing in each plant, including which ones are drought resistant, how they perform in the sunlight or amid a lack of rain.

“Historically, this was done by graduate students out in a field with a clipboard, but it was labor intensive and expensive,” Martin said, adding that results also could be inconsistent because not everyone took notes the same way.

Martin said with all the different technology available and mounted sensors, researchers can collect and analyze date that is way more accurate to help improve plant genetics.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_38UyoQyi8qQcQux.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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