Darr: Big data presents big opportunity

Matt Darr, an Iowa State University professor of ag and biosystems engineering, sees new opportunities in digital agriculture. “It’s about using precision information to help farmers do things better, more efficiently and profitably.”

Birds-eye view of agriculture

Matt Darr, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, called UAVs a “bleeding-edge technology” with great potential in agriculture. And faculty and students at Iowa State are playing a multifaceted role in advancing this emerging technology, he says. Iowa State engineers are developing software to make UAVs smarter and faster at … Continue reading Birds-eye view of agriculture

Darr represents Iowa AgSTATE on agricultural data coalition

Iowa AgSTATE has joined the Agricultural Data Coalition as a founding member. Iowa AgSTATE has been actively involved in digital agriculture strategy and education and summarized its work in a 2014 report on the Digital Transformation of Row Crop Agriculture. Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, will serve as Iowa AgSTATE’s representative on the ADC … Continue reading Darr represents Iowa AgSTATE on agricultural data coalition

Strip-till technologies focus of ISU field day, July 13

The event will begin with a discussion of agronomic considerations for strip-tillage. Sessions on fall versus spring strip-tillage and the use of UAV technology for crop scouting will follow. The day will conclude with lunch and an optional field tour of strip-till research at Iowa State. Matt Darr and Mark Hanna will make presentations during the … Continue reading Strip-till technologies focus of ISU field day, July 13

Darr: How today’s farmers got a head-start on tomorrow’s tech

“In a day and age when you get excited about what’s happening with autonomous vehicles and folks like Google are making strides, we’re proud that agriculture has been using it in food production in the US for going on two decades now,” said Matt Darr, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Agriculture … Continue reading Darr: How today’s farmers got a head-start on tomorrow’s tech

ISU-licensed tech wins big at international ag expo

Technology developed at Iowa State University and licensed to John Deere will receive three innovation awards at one of the world’s most prestigious agricultural technology conventions next week. The three innovation “Silver Medal” awards will be presented at AGRITECHNICA 2015, a global showcase of ag machinery in Hannover, Germany, set to run November 10-14. The … Continue reading ISU-licensed tech wins big at international ag expo

Darr: Planting perfection- Using hydraulic downforce

A fundamental of planting, good downforce management is a critical aspect of operating a planter well. “It has equal advantage in terms of pushing variety selection,” notes Matt Darr, associate professor, Iowa State University. Yet, planters are one of the more complex pieces of machinery in agriculture. “As the size of planters has grown and … Continue reading Darr: Planting perfection- Using hydraulic downforce

Darr: Calibrate yield monitors more often

Data to drive management decisions is becoming more important as increasingly sophisticated analysis services come online. “The analysis you can get on hybrids, fertility and other management programs is only as good as the data allows,” says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. “Benchmarking … Continue reading Darr: Calibrate yield monitors more often

ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies

In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which is expected to launch production this fall. The corn stover harvesters … Continue reading ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies

Darr: Big data can help with farming decisions

On the Aug. 4 Agribusiness Report on WHO TV, Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, said about two-thirds of every dollar spent on agriculture is focused on decisions of seed selection, fertility and land access. Mass amounts of data could have an influence on those decisions. “Because we’re trying to bring all this information together … Continue reading Darr: Big data can help with farming decisions