Mechanization

Taking a Byte Out of Big Data in Farming

February 06, 2020
Troy Magney, Dept. of Plant Sciences, is using methods such as hyperspectral imaging – a remote sensing technique – to measure plant water stress, nutrient status, biomass, and photosynthesis in order to make informed decisions about water and fertilizer management. This is important for global agriculture in the future.

Automated Weeders are Attracting More Interest: Steve Fennimore Explains

September 20, 2019
Three factors drive automation in vegetable crops: Employee shortages, availability of technology, and fewer new herbicides. Weed specialist Steve Fennimore, Plant Sciences, UC Davis and UC ANR, explains the importance of mechanization and robotic weeders, due, in part, to labor shortages and fewer herbicides.

Precooling Vegetables in California Production (video #16 of 26)

August 27, 2019
Cooling vegetables just after harvest prolongs shelf life and maintains quality. Most California vegetables are precooled before shipment using Cold air, Cold water, Ice, and/or Vacuum. Several of these were developed at UC Davis in the 1970s and 1980s in Plant Sciences, and in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

Louise Ferguson Named President-Elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)

July 30, 2019
Louise Ferguson, faculty member in Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and Cooperative Extension pomology specialist for California, is the new President-elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), a professional academic society. This appointment will be followed by a year as ASHS President and a year as Chairman of the ASHS Board of Directors.

Seed and Variety Improvement in Vegetable Production (video #9 of 26)

July 15, 2019
This video features Professors Kent Bradford and Diane Beckles, Research Scientist Roger Chetelat, and Ph.D. student Karin Albornoz from the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and other plant breeding professionals. They address why breeding and seed production are so important for the vegetable industry.

Weed Management in Specialty Crop Production (video #7 of 26)

July 08, 2019
Weeds can result in yield losses in California’s specialty crops. They also harbor pests and diseases. In this video, weed specialist Steve Fennimore (Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and UC ANR) addresses the use of herbicides and hand labor, along with the cost of weed control.

Breeding Plants for the Farm of the Future

June 28, 2019
Breeding crops has been practiced for millennia — new technology has greatly enhanced the ability of plant breeders to feed the world’s growing population, while spearheading a new era of agriculture in harmony with nature and people. Sustainability, Disease resistance, and Labor efficiency are pressing issues in plant breeding.

Organic Processing Tomato Production (video #4 of 26)

June 10, 2019
This video summarizes the production techniques, equipment, and production goals that John and Justin Diener, and Scott Park employ for their organic processing tomato fields. It details the efforts they use to take care of the soil at their farms.