Smart Ag Research

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Smart Ag Research

Smart agriculture research is the primary way Olds College tests and validates budding technology to enhance the way producers do agriculture. We take new and developing products and test them according to producer needs, comparing them to proven or established standards and technologies. Smart agriculture research works closely with Olds College Smart Farm to enhance agricultural operations at the College through innovation and the integration of technology on campus, providing unique education opportunities for the next generation of farmers.

Smart Agriculture Research Goals

  • To support producers by providing them with an accurate in-depth analysis of developing technology so they can make informed integration decisions.

  • To evaluate, demonstrate, and validate developing technologies in comparison to pre-established agricultural standards.

  • To improve production efficiency through technology by increasing crop yield and livestock production while decreasing waste and used resources.

  

Smart Agriculture Projects

All of our work is centered around advancing the Technology Readiness Level and providing third party validation for developing agricultural technologies.

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  • AgSmart

    AgSmart Exposition and Demonstration

    AgSmart is a two-day, hands-on demonstration and education event focused on technology and data across the agriculture sector – how to gather it, and how to use it to enhance productivity and profits. Farmers get to interact with cutting-edge, high-tech ag players and experience the latest innovations first-hand. ...more

  • Assessing Overlap Reduction from Sectional Control Systems

    A case study using as-applied data and the defined process to determine the percent overlap reduction for an actual or theoretical field will help summarize the effect of carbon pricing and sectional

    Olds College is reviewing existing precision Ag and GIS software systems to determine the percent overlap reduction based on as-applied or task data from equipment typically used for sectional control applications in Western Canada. ...more

  • Pre Disturbance Site Assessment - Olds College Student Project

    Olds College students perform pre-disturbance or pre-construction site assessments to mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts due to a proposed industrial activity.

    Olds College students perform pre-disturbance or pre-construction site assessments to mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts due to a proposed industrial activity. ...more

  • Cultivated DSA - Olds College Student Project

    Olds College students perform Detailed Site Assessments (DSA) for reclamation certificates from start to finish in mock cultivated DSA scenarios.

    Olds College students perform Detailed Site Assessments (DSA) for reclamation certificates from start to finish in mock cultivated DSA scenarios. ...more

  • Sire Progeny

    Baby calf at Olds College

    This project evaluates sire-progeny links, breeding plans and information management/record keeping in multi-sire breeding scenarios on commercial herds. ...more

  • Pasture Renovation - Delong West Pasture

    Graphic showing the tillage practice comparisons

    This project compares tillage practices — fall, spring and no-till (direct seeding) — and their impacts on yield, economic returns and field management practices when rotating out of perennial forages and into annual crops. ...more

Olds College Smart Farm

A living lab for hands-on learning, it is a place for innovation, validation, demonstration and scaling of smart connected agriculture technology through industry partnerships.

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