On the farm of the future, drones will fly over forests and crops to communicate with robots embedded in harvesting equipment on the ground.
Sensors on livestock and in field crops and forest lands will be linked to the cloud where big data is transformed into practical information regarding precision feeding, protection and management decisions. Plants will be biodesigned to require less water and fertilizer and be tolerant to drought, pests, and floods while producing more food. Farmers will operate their businesses with iPads as much as tractors.
This is the farm of the future, and Virginia Tech is leading the charge to help producers maximize efficiency while sparking a new agricultural and natural resources economy. Read more