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Roberts Receives Precision Ag Grant

Roberts, David
Dr. David Roberts has received a grant of $100,000 for Precision Ag and will be leading a team of researchers including Dr. Cheryl Wachenheim, Dr. Ryan Larsen, Dr. David Ripplinger, Mr. Riaz Aziz (Agribusiness & Applied Economics), and Mr. John Nowatzki (Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering). The team will investigate the rate at which North Dakota farmers have adopted automatic row/section control machinery (ASC). ASC is a powerful precision agriculture technology that greatly reduces overlapping input applications by tracking where the planter or sprayer is in the field via GPS, and turning off rows or sections of the machinery to ensure that inputs are not double applied. The team will deploy a survey to North Dakota farmers with questions about this technology and precision agriculture technologies in general, as well as collecting field data from a small number of cooperating farmers. The researchers will also simulate use of ASC on approximately 500 fields throughout North Dakota’s varied ecoregions to determine how beneficial it may be in different parts of the state based on the presence of in-field obstacles such as sloughs and other temporary and seasonal wetlands.

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