College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Working the land and the data

An article in the Nov. 30 issue of The New York Times details how farmers are working not only the land, but also the data. For some farmers, technology offers a lifeline, a way to navigate the boom-and-bust cycles of making a living from the land. The article mentions Lie Tang, agricultural and biosystems engineering, and a prototype weeding robot that he hopes to have in fields by next spring. The robot may use infrared data to help identify weeds it then plucks.

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