Roads rarely remain straight and smooth forever. Traffic beats wear into the pavement. Rains wash gravel away. Dead ends leave us backtracking, and crossroads beg timely decisions. In agriculture, some practices feel tried and true — until they don’t. Plateaued yields, failing forage stands and economic uncertainty compound the already challenging task of making ends meet during times of drought, floods, diseases and pests.
Many at the Noble Research Institute raise cattle and are otherwise engaged in production agriculture outside of their full-time jobs. Others grew up on farms and ranches. These are their stories.
U.S. farmers produce the world’s most abundant food supply, thanks, in part, to technological advancements. But with shrinking public funds available for agricultural research, new solutions are needed for funding continued innovation. Society depends on it.
Unmanned aerial vehicles and the sensors associated with them have potential as a tool for farmers and ranchers. We’re testing them out.