News & Upcoming Events
22 March 2018 - Precision Agriculture Center Seminar Series
Thanks to everyone that attended and participated in today's seminar! A special thanks to Brian Bohman for presenting his work on remote sensing for predicting the nitrogen nutrition index in potato.
We encourage everyone to draft a blog-style post about any aspect of your research so we can get more content up on the PAC website. Remember - include a summary, keep it short and simple, and include plenty of photos and figures. Send your draft to Yuxin or Tyler to get it published on the website.
Thanks to the following studends for volunteering with the website:
We'd like to publish an inventory of equipment across the diverse research groups at the University of Minnesota. Please email Gabriel a list of equipment that your lab group has - if possible, please include photos and/or links to the manufacturer's website(s).
Several students discussed research plans for the 2018 season - hopefully connections were made to foster collaboration and data sharing to get the most out of our research efforts!
12 March 2018 - "Remote Sensing for Precision Nitrogen Management"
Special issue in Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing is an open access journal about the science and application of remote sensing technology, and is published monthly. Dr. Yuxin Miao is organizing a special issue in Remote Sensing, together with Dr. David Mulla and Dr. Raj Khosla, that will focus on remote sensing for precision nitrogen management. We encourage anyone working on research in this area to keep this special issue in mind - the deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 December 2019.
Please visit this page for more information about suitable content and/or topics for the special issue.
1 March 2018 - Precision Agriculture Center Seminar Series
We will begin the PAC Seminar on Thursday, March 1. We will meet from 12 - 1 PM in Soils room 415.
The agenda of this first meeting is to share with others what everyone is interested in and working on. We would like to use this opportunity to get to know more about each other and to discuss details about future seminars (to get a more formal schedule in place). As this time may run over your lunch hour, please feel free to bring your lunch to the seminar.
Our first meeting resulted in constructive discussion regarding the future direction of the PAC seminar, as well as the PAC in general. Thanks to all that attended for their participation!
28 February 2018 - Welcome Cadan Cummings!
Cadan was recently accepted into the Land and Atmospheric Science M.S. graduate program, and will begin working on his research with Dr. Yuxin Miao on May 28th. Cadan will be investigating the use of remote sensing for precision nitrogen management of corn cropping systems.
Cadan is from Wisconsin and was raised near the rural community of Viroqua in the heart of the Driftless Region. Being raised in an agriculturally centered community, he was motivated to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison to study Agronomy with a Certificate in Environmental Studies. In addition to plant science, Cadan enjoys cross-country skiing and learning astronomy. We're looking forward to your arrival, Cadan!
27 February 2018 - U of M licenses technology to monitor crop nitrogen status to ag-tech firm Sentera
Sentera, a Minneapolis-based supplier of technology solutions to the agriculture industry, has signed an agreement to bring University of Minnesota-developed corn nitrogen deficiency technology to the market. The technology allows growers to more precisely match applied nitrogen fertilizer to the optimal needs of the crop. Minimizing over-application of nutrients saves money; reduces the risk of fertilizer runoff into lakes, streams and rivers; and preserves crop yield. Under an exclusive agreement, Sentera will integrate the capability into their FieldAgent™ Platform, a software using drone technology to advance precision agriculture. The company will begin field trials with several of its largest customers this year, with commercial rollout planned for 2019. Read more...
6 February 2018 - CFANS Diversity Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
We are pleased to announce that the 2018-2019 College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Diversity Scholars program is open for applications (due April 2nd, 2018). This is a great profesional development opportunity for postdoctoral candidates to participate in activities related to teaching, research program development, competitive grant writing, and supervision of students and staff through the Precision Agriculture Center.
More information about the program can be found here.
Link to Request for Applications
Link to Application Form
We encourage those eligible to apply for this funding to get an opportunity to work through the Precision Agriculture Center!