Precision Agriculture Taking Flight
Written by Rebecca Nagy
Take a walk into the Suggs Laboratory for Precision Agriculture and Machine Systems and it’s hard not to be impressed. Named after Charlie Suggs for his contributions to the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), NC State and the field as a whole, the lab embodies his work ethic and dedication to furthering knowledge.
The brightly lit space houses a sleek drone fitted with crop sensors in one corner and a tractor with a field computer and automatic steering being installed in another. Both will be used in various research, extension and academic projects, all with the aim of improving efficiency in agriculture. A newly mounted whiteboard takes up most of another wall. Current projects, collaborators and bullet points are scrawled across the board, spanning research areas from cotton to Christmas trees to corn and pigs.