Technology

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.

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.

Using Machine Learning to Predict Metabolic Pathways in Tomatoes

June 19, 2019
Understanding the steps in metabolic and biochemical pathways is difficult to determine. Scientists at UC Davis and Ben-Gurion University applied machine learning (artificial intelligence) techniques to this problem in tomatoes, and predicted new, previously unknown metabolic pathways.

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.

Processing Tomato Production (video #3 of 26)

May 28, 2019
Processing tomato production in California is a major success story with wide-ranging advances in production technologies that have been achieved through innovation in genetics, management, and mechanization during the past century.