Explore Digital Agriculture
Cornell Engineering is helping to create new tools and providing practical solutions to improve effective, real-time decision-making on farms and at many points throughout food systems. Digital technologies include sensors, robotics, unmanned aviation systems, communication networks, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other advanced systems and devices.
We welcome corporate and foundation collaborators to share in and support the advancement of digital agriculture initiatives through access to Cornell Engineering’s research, faculty and facilities. Some of the many ways to engage with us include collaborative research, curriculum support, student engagement, user facilities, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship.
Here are a few examples of how we have partnered with private and public entities.
- Cornell digital ag program integrates with John Deere Operations Center
- The partnership with John Deere allows farmers to securely use their high-resolution agriculture data in real time to extract more useful operations information to run their operations.
- Global fertilizer company acquires Cornell digital agriculture tech
- A technology that gives farmers precise nitrogen recommendations for every section of their fields has been acquired by Yara International ASA, one of the world’s largest fertilizer companies.
- Micro-satellites offer a fresh view of NYS farm and vineyard (video)
- These thumbnail-size satellites are harvesting valuable data that will help growers make more informed decisions about growing crops and caring for animals at Anthony Road Vineyard and Sunnyside Farm.
- Awards fund innovations in digital agriculture
- A sampling of agricultural research projects, such as improving strawberry yield through robotic pollinators and a machine-learning platform to more accurately predict soil health.
For more information about research, news, events, and resources, visit the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture website.
To learn more or to discuss the possibilities of collaboration, contact
Expertise: Micro- and nanofluidics; biophysics; colloid and interface science; physics of water
Expertise: Global health; point-of-care diagnostics; nanotechnology; photonics; microfluidics
Expertise: Bio-inspired robotics; soft robotics; swarm intelligence; bio-cyber physical systems; autonomous construction
Designing the digital future of dairy herd management
Students took around 10,000 photos of cows, then created software that would allow farmers to use smartphones to find specific ones, guided by cameras in the barn.
Helping to relieve crop survival stress
Cornell engineers and plant biologists are seeding a groundbreaking era in digital agriculture, with new technologies such as a microtensiometer that can sense a plant’s drought stress.