Smart Farm Articles & Stories


Smart Farm Articles

  • Gamma-Ray Soil Spectrometry on the Smart Farm Posted on May 07, 2021

    By Dr. Alex Melnitchouck, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Ag, Olds College

    Since its creation, the Olds College Smart Farm has tested and validated pretty much any advanced or leading edge precision ag technology that exists in the world (and this is not an exaggeration!). Digital technologies and innovative tools, which can speed up field data collection and analysis, provide detailed information about various field properties, and help making better agronomic decisions became an integrated part of Smart Farm activities at Olds College.

  • Olds College Tests New Grain-drying Mobile App for Farmers Posted on May 07, 2021

    Farmers can now monitor their crops on a mobile app during the in-bin drying process. Olds College Centre of Innovation (OCCI) confirms the app is accurate after thorough testing, plus provides recommendations for increased accuracy.  ...more

  • Forage Biomass Assessment Posted on February 04, 2021

    By Dr. Alex Melnitchouck, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Ag, Olds College - February 2020

    In the last decade, remote sensing tools became an essential component of precision agriculture. Satellite and aerial imagery is extensively used for field monitoring and crop condition assessment. The Olds College Smart Farm extensively uses remote sensing in farming operations and research.

  • GNSS (GPS) Accuracy Explained Posted on November 20, 2020

    Submitted by Simon Knutson, Agriculture Technology Instructor, Olds College - November 2020

    The topics addressed and contents of this paper were written based upon student-submitted papers for the GNSS Accuracy Assignment, as part of the AGT 1007 Electronics and Control Systems course, fall semester 2020.

  • Yield Forecast, Virtual Yield Mapping, and Yield Loss Assessment Posted on September 24, 2020

    Smart farming is not an “easy button”, which can do everything on the farm just by pressing it. It is hard work, where agricultural specialists are empowered by various tools and technologies helping them to be more productive and efficient. Smart Farm uses many analytical tools to improve the efficiency of farming operations. Satellite and drone imagery is a good example of such tools.

  • Autonomous Equipment On the Olds College Smart Farm Posted on September 03, 2020

    Earlier this spring, Olds College was excited to announce it was the only post-secondary institution in the world to deploy the fully autonomous DOT Power Platform as a teaching and research tool on the College’s Smart Farm. This next generation of ag-technology gives Olds College students one-of-a-kind learning opportunities on commercially available field-scale robotics technology on the College’s Smart Farm.

  • Growing from the Ground Up Posted on September 03, 2020

    The state of a field is influenced by many variables that are interconnected and dependent on each other. In a field used for cattle grazing, these variables are even more diverse, and managing them can prove a daunting task. This is the purpose behind Olds College’s Regenerative Agriculture project: an undertaking that seeks to identify the key variables of field management to make the most out of a piece of land. ...more

  • Werklund School of Agriculture Technology Posted on June 23, 2020

    Launched in September 2019, the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology is committed to providing a one-of-a-kind learning experience that prepares students for future-focused careers and leadership roles throughout the ag sector.  ...more

  • Renewed Approach to Agronomic Management Posted on June 23, 2020

    The Olds College farm has historically focused its usable farmland to support the needs of the college’s livestock enterprises through hay, pasture, silage, feed grains and some cash grain. However, with the introduction of the Olds College Smart Farm a new agronomic approach is required to support the needs of students, staff, researchers and industry partners....more

  • Finding Solutions for Real-World Problems Posted on June 23, 2020

    Olds College knows that it has a responsibility to facilitate innovation throughout the ag sector and help producers, business and industry find solutions to real-world problems. We also know that successful research begins with building the right team.  That’s why Olds College was delighted to recruit Dr. Joy Agnew as the Associate Vice President of Applied Research and head of the Olds College Centre for Innovation in January 2019....more