Precision Agriculture

Feeding the world’s people calls for radical innovation in farming—innovation that’s happening at Ohio State.

As global food requirements are projected to double by 2050, climate change and other environmental factors pose new agricultural challenges. Ohio State is helping farmers use mobile technologies, sensor networks, cloud computing, spatial analysis, vast multidimensional datasets, and data analytics to produce higher yields using fewer resources through precision agriculture.

Translational Data Analytics Institute faculty are creating new ecosystem monitoring tools and practices to dramatically improve crop performance, resource management, and farm operations, including partnering with the U.S. Air Force on drone technology for monitoring crops down to the individual plants, and creating soil testing methods that enable targeted nutrient application to protect Lake Erie and its tributaries. The results: more land farmed with less water and fertilizer, more food produced per acre—and more people getting enough to eat.