It’s not yet life on the farm, but North Dakota State University researchers at the Big Iron farm show in West Fargo, North Dakota, Sept. 13-15, 2022, were demonstrating a research “weedbot,” or robot. The wheeled device uses cameras and artificial intelligence to recognize small weeds growing in major crops. The device has a new sprayer apparatus that is controlled remotely.
A $1 million appropriation came through funding for USDA ARS to enter into cooperative agreements with universities and outside organizations, including Grand Farm, that are focused on precision agriculture research.
Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University Extension livestock systems specialist at the Carrington Research Center and Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Education Center state coordinator, was recognized with the honor at a conference this summer in West Palm Beach, Florida.
National Agricultural Genotyping Center in Fargo has been running DNA tests on dead honeybees from across the country since 2016.
They started by testing for nine viruses and two bacteria in adult bees. Now they can test for 18 different pathogens.