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September 23, 2020

Weekly Digital Agriculture Webinar Series Kicks Off on October 1

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Experts in data science and digital agriculture at Purdue University are presenting a series of digital agriculture webinars each Thursday this fall, starting Oct. 1. The webinars will be at 12:30 p.m. ET.

From practical tips you can implement today to deeper dives into what drives the technology, the Digging into the Data Pipeline presentations are designed for those interested in getting more out of farm data.

Dennis Buckmaster, agricultural and biological engineering professor at Purdue University, begins the series talking about putting your smartphone to work by learning to use apps, like Trello and Google Sheets, to help manage your farm and agribusiness data. He will walk through examples of how to use free apps to get the most out of your smartphone.

“Collection is just the first step when it comes to taking advantage of all of the data generated on the farm, whether it is in the field or in a livestock barn,” said Buckmaster, who is also the dean’s fellow for digital agriculture for the College of Agriculture. “In this series, we want to go a few levels deeper and demonstrate everything from managing your data with a smartphone to using and maintaining sensors on the farm.”

The webinars will run 12:30 p.m. ET each Thursday through Dec. 10. Speakers will present for the first 30 minutes followed by a live chat where participants can ask questions. 

  • Oct. 1 – Put Your Smartphone to Work. Dennis Buckmaster, agricultural and biological engineering professor and Dean’s Fellow for Digital Agriculture.
  • Oct. 8 – Choose the Path of Least Resistance for Your Data. Yaguang Zhang and Yang Wang, graduate research assistants in electrical and computer engineering.
  • Oct. 15 – Sensors, The Possibilities are Endless. Gaganpreet Hundal, graduate research assistant in computer and information technology.
  • Oct. 22 – Make Sense of Your Sensors. Andrew Balmos, data/software engineer, and John Scott, digital agriculture Extension coordinator.
  • Oct. 29 – Hammer is to Nail as API is to Software. Andrew Balmos, data/software engineer, and Zach Mason, senior software engineer at Wabash Heartland Innovation Network.
  • Nov. 5 – Create Savvy Spreadsheets to Work Better for You. Dennis Buckmaster, agricultural and biological engineering professor of and Dean’s Fellow for Digital Agriculture.
  • Nov. 12 – Dig into Data within Your Spreadsheets. Dennis Buckmaster, agricultural and biological engineering professor of and Dean’s Fellow for Digital Agriculture.
  • Nov. 19 – Meet LoRa, Your New Best Friend. Andrew Balmos, data/software engineer, and Jack Stucky, vice president of engineering at Wabash Heartland Innovation Network.
  • Dec. 3 –Extend the Power of Your Spreadsheets. Dennis Buckmaster, agricultural and biological engineering professor of and Dean’s Fellow for Digital Agriculture.
  • Dec. 10 – GROW Your Field Knowledge. Andrew Balmos, data/software engineer.

The webinars are free, but registration is requested at https://purdue-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArcOGrpjkoHdaiE6-QCCpqPVfsUF7419Xb.

The presentations will be recorded and posted on the Purdue Digital Ag Resources website (https://ag.purdue.edu/digital-ag-resources/). This series is supported in part by the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN). 

Writer: Megan Kuhn, mmkuhn@purdue.edu, 765-494-9505

Source: Dennis Buckmaster, dbuckmas@purdue.edu, 765-496-9512

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