Center for Digital Agriculture

Robots roam at UI’s $3.9 million ‘Farm of the Future’

Between rows of corn near Curtis Road and Race Street sprouts bright-green cereal rye, planted by an autonomous robot. Earlier this fall, University of Illinois researchers remotely steered a four-wheeled device through the cornfield as it skittered seeds across the ground. The seeds grew into cereal rye, a cover crop, which can capture unused nitrogen […]

EarthSense Creator Girish Chowdhary Discovers Unique Audience, Energy from NSF Visit

Illinois Autonomous Farm Chief Scientist, and EarthSense Co-founder, Girish Chowdhary received an invitation from NSF director Sethuraman Panchanathan to address a special audience that included India’s Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman. “The inspiration for me to represent EarthSense, as I understand it, came from the NSF director, ‘Dr. Panch,’ because of the interest […]