Grand Farm Project Report: 2020 Growing Season

Grand Farm utilizes a framework of scaffolding projects to rapidly iterate towards the solution of grower and industry pain points. This requires direct project management across commodity supply chains, digital system integration, and grower operations. During the 2020 growing season, there were 40 projects conducted on the Grand Farm; this included the work of 9 partners. Of note, 1 high-level project was conducted involving 7 organizations. There were also 12 projects conducted which involved 2 or more partners. A report was created for the high-level project titled “Grand Farm: Digital system integration using geospatial data” – this project served as a proving point for how Grand Farm could add value to the ecosystem through a neutral platform. Below is a list of partners involved in 2020 projects, and the projects themselves.

Project Partners:

Partner(s) Project Description
Agronomeye, Field of View, CHS, NDSU, Be More Colorful, ND Agriculture Experiment Station Augmented Reality Map of Grand Farm Agronomeye created an augmented reality map of the Grand Farm utilizing data pulled from drones and ground sensors. This project utilized data from 10 different inputs which will be described as individual projects.
Agronomeye, Field of View High Resolution Imagery integration into a high-level mapping software. Utilizing the data collected by Field of View in the first project conducted on the Grand Farm, Agronomeye was able to integrate high resolution imagery (time-stamped) into their augmented reality view of the Grand Farm.
Agronomeye, NDSU RTK Imagery integration into a high-level mapping software. Utilizing the RTK imagery collected by Dr. Paulo Flores, Agronomeye was able to integrate data into their augmented reality view of the Grand Farm.

 

Agronomeye, NDSU RGB Imagery integration into a high-level mapping software.

 

Utilizing the periodic, RGB imagery collected by Dr. Paulo Flores, Agronomeye was able to integrate data into their augmented reality view of the Grand Farm.

 

Agronomeye, NDSU Thermal Imagery integration into a high-level mapping software Utilizing the periodic, thermal imagery collected by Dr. Paulo Flores, Agronomeye was able to integrate data into their augmented reality view of the Grand Farm.
Agronomeye, NDSU NVDI Imagery integration into a high-level mapping software. Utilizing the periodic, NVDI imagery collected by Dr. Paulo Flores, Agronomeye was able to integrate data into their augmented reality view of the Grand Farm.
Agronomeye, NDSU Soil Core Samples integration into high-level mapping software. Utilizing the soil core samples taken by Dr. Caley Gasch and Joel Bell, Agronomeye was able to integrate information up to 4ft depth of the Grand Farm to see soil characteristics in augmented reality.
Agronomeye, NDSU Veris Survey integration into high-level mapping software. Utilizing the Veris Survey, soil conductivity measurements taken before planting at the Grand Farm, Agronomeye was able to integrate this information into the augmented reality application of the Grand Farm.
Agronomeye, Be More Colorful 360 imagery of Grand Farm integrated into high-level mapping software. Using the imagery collected by Be More Colorful, 360 pictures were added to the augmented reality application created by Agronomeye.
Agronomeye, CHS Field Trial Information integrated into augmented reality map of the Grand Farm. Using Test Plot maps created by CHS of research being conducted on the Grand Farm, information was integrated into the augmented reality map created by Agronomeye.
CHS, NDSU Corn Husk Enzyme In a field trial conducted by CHS, enzymes which break down corn husk were measured by NDSU to determine impacts on the microbiome of the soil.
CHS, NDSU Phosphatase Enzyme In a field trial conducted by CHS, enzymes which break down phosphatase were measured by NDSU to determine impacts on the microbiome of the soil.
CHS Replicated Trials KayJay Ag is conducting replicated trials on:

•       Sugar Beets (8 treatments)

CHS Replicated Trials KayJay Ag is conducting replicated trials on:

•       Corn (12 treatments)

CHS Replicated Trials KayJay Ag is conducting replicated trials on:

•       Foliar Wheat (10-12 treatments)

CHS Replicated Trials KayJay Ag is conducting replicated trials on:

•       Boron in Sugar Beets (4 treatments)

CHS Replicated Trials KayJay Ag is conducting replicated trials on:

•       Corn Enzyme IF (20 treatments)

CHS Product trial on Iron Deficiency Chlorosis DPA Yield Point is conducting 2 product trials evaluating effectiveness against Iron Deficiency Chlorosis by adding nitrogen to treatment groups of soybeans. Two different trials will occur; one on good land and one on bad land.
CHS Soybean Fertility with induced salt burn DPA Yield Point is conducting 2 Soybean fertility trials with the use of a product while inducing salt burn with higher rates of inputs.
CHS Corn Fertility Trials DPA Yield Point is conducting 7 corn fertility trials to highlight the importance of quality starter fertilizers.
CHS Spray Drift Trials Kirk Howatt is conducting 72 precision spray drift tests in different wind conditions.
CHS Weed Height Response Joe Ikley is conducting 4 trials on response to herbicide of native and nonnative weeds based on height.
CHS Herbicide Systems Trials Joe Ikley is conducting 18 trials on effectiveness of different herbicide systems on native and nonnative weeds with the use of indicator species.
CHS Herbicide Additive Trial Joe Ikley is conducting 14 trials on the effectiveness of herbicide product on native and non-native weed species.
CHS Corn Seed Treatments DPA Yield Point is conducting 3 zinc Corn seed treatment demonstration trials.
CHS Sunflower Demonstration DPA Yield Point is conducting 1 Sunflower demonstration trial.
CHS Soybean Seed Treatment DPA Yield Point is conducting 6 Soybean trials.
NDSU UAS Mapping - NVDI Dr. Paulo Flores is conducting regular, periodic mapping of the Grand Farm Test Site using techniques in NVDI imagery.
  UAS Mapping - RGB Dr. Paulo Flores is conducting regular, periodic mapping of the Grand Farm Test Site using techniques in RBG imagery.
NDSU UAS Mapping - Thermal Dr. Paulo Flores is conducting regular, periodic mapping of the Grand Farm Test Site using techniques in thermal imagery.
NDSU Veris Survey Dr. Caley Gasch and Joel Bell are conducting a Veris survey which provides electrical conductivity readings of soil at high spatial resolution at 2 depths.
NDSU UAS Mapping - RTK Dr. Paulo Flores conducted mapping of the Grand Farm using RTK imagery.
NDSU Soil Sampling Dr. Caley Gasch and Joel Bell are collecting soil samples at 4ft depth across the entire field.  Soils will be analyzed for physical (texture, density, structure), chemical (fertility, salinity, labile organic fractions), and basic biological properties.
NDSU Soil Sensors Dr. Caley Gasch and Joel Bell are installing soil sensors at multiple locations and depths within each crop block.  These sensors will automatically record soil/water content and temperature at high frequency.
NDSU UAS/UGS Weed Identification Using Computer Vision Dr. Xin (Rex) Sun is researching native and non-native weed identification to Develop effective tools and systems to identify, map, and site-specifically manage weeds, specifically resistant weeds, using latest technologies such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and chemical/sprayer technologies.
USDA Solitary Pollinators Dr. Joseph Rinehart and Dr. Dacotah Melicher are studying solitary pollinators (Leaf-cutter) and their ability to strategically pollinate fields. This project will show the impacts of multiple trials/demonstrations being conducted on these pollinators, thus showing the impacts of precision agriculture techniques.
USDA Hive-Based Pollinators Dr. Joseph Rinehart and Dr. Dacotah Melicher are studying hive-based pollinators (honey bees) and the impacts of precision agriculture techniques on hive health.
Field of View UAS High Resolution Mapping David Dvorak is conducting a high-resolution survey of the Grand Farm Test Site.
Better Earth Agronomy Advanced Genomics Survey of Grand Farm Better Earth Agronomy conducted an advanced genomics survey of the Grand Farm to determine the baseline microbiology of the soil.
Signum, NDSU Connection of Sensors to Wireless Network Signum was able to retrofit sensors NDSU was using to collect soil moisture

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