FarmBits

FarmBits

The realm of digital agriculture is ever evolving at a pace that can be challenging to keep up with. Our mission is to help our listeners navigate the digital agriculture revolution by discussing current and honest information about agricultural technologies that is critical to best integrating them into resilient strategies. The "FarmBits" podcast will explore topics in digital agriculture in a well-rounded and accessible way, taking the shine off of new technologies through interviews with academic experts, farmers, and industry specialists. FarmBits is released every Thursday and is a product of Nebraska Extension.

Episodes

February 15, 2024
On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcast, Camila and Victor were joined by Dr. Carolina Cordova, Assistant Professor and Statewide Soil Health Specialist at University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr. Cordova shared thoughts and expertise in Soil Health regarding technologies and opportunities in this area, and also discussed sources, examples and advices for agriculture public. On this episode Dr. Cordova went through soil heal...
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This week, Katie Bathke and Emily Hanson kick off the Spring 2024 season with an out-of-this-world episode featuring Dr. Yufeng Ge from UNL's Biological Systems Engineering Department. Dr. Ge is an Advanced Sensing Systems Engineer and has a major role in the SPACE2 team. This team has a vision to research agriculture in space to one day provide stable food sources beyond earth. In this episode, Dr. Ge discusses some of the chal...
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On this week's episode of FarmBits podcast, Natasha and Camila are joined by Vinicius Velho, a business development representative at Perfect Flight. This company monitors aerial pesticide applications through digital platforms in Brazil, Latin America, and the US. Tune in to learn more about how technologies and digital tools can contribute to a more efficient, precise, and sustainable aerial pesticide application on this episo...
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Navigating a significant volume of data is always a challenge for graduate students. This week, Natasha and Ana were joined by Igor Boninsenha, a PhD student at the Federal University of Viçosa - Brazil. In this episode, Igor highlighted the critical role of organizational strategies in handling extensive datasets. Additionally, he shares the valuable insights on effective tools for data management. Tune in to this episode to le...
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This week, FarmBits hosts Deepak Ghimire and Emily Hanson welcome Tyler Nigon from Sentera to talk about the data management from an industry perspective. Sentera provides solutions to data & analytics as well as sensors & drones from research trial to crop production. In this episode, Tyler discusses the products and services offered by Sentera as well as insights on how he envisions the future of data management. Tune in to th...
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On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcasts, Camila and Ana were joined by Debora de Oliveira Latorre to discuss the pivotal role of nozzle selection in pesticide application technology. Debora, who serves as the Application Training Lead and Industry Liaison at TeeJet Technologies, shares insights into the significance of precise and efficient pesticide application. This is crucial not only for the efficacy of pest control ...
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On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcasts, Victor and Camila were joined by Dr. Rodrigo Werle, Associate Professor in Weed Science at University of Wisconsin and Dr. Chris Proctor, Associate Extension Educator in Weed Science and Cropping Systems at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Both guests shared their thoughts and expertise in Herbicide Application Technology regarding challenges and opportunities in this area, and on ...
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On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcasts, Victor and Camila were joined by Dr. Rodrigo Werle, Associate Professor in Weed Science at University of Wisconsin and Dr. Chris Proctor, Associate Extension Educator in Weed Science and Cropping Systems at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Both guests shared their thoughts and expertise in Herbicide Application Technology regarding challenges and opportunities in this area, and als...
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On this week's episode of FarmBits podcasts, Katie and Rana were joined by Kiel VandeerVeen to share the journey, challenges, and development of integrating Atlantic salmon aquaculture and hydroponics leafy greens and herbs productions in Southeast Nebraska. Kiel is the founder of Nebraska Vegetable and Protein that established in Nebraska City, NE. Listen here as Kiel offers valuable experience and hopes in supporting the susta...
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In this season, FarmBits will also discuss Aquaculture and how new technologies can help growers improve production. To kickstart this topic, Natasha and Rana were joined by Azellia Alma Shafira, the CEO of Banoo, an Indonesian technology startup focusing on sustainable fish production. In this episode, Azellia explained her interest in Aquaculture and the importance of technology in sustainable production. Tune in to this week'...
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FarmBits has a special segment of episodes this season where we will discuss all things data management from a variety of perspectives. To kick of the Fall 2023 Season, Katie and Emily welcomed Jennie Schmidt, a producer for Schmidt Farms Inc. located in Sudlersville, Maryland. Jennie offers the valuable perspective of a producer in the realities behind data management for a farming operation. Listen here as Jennie shares with u...
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This week, Natasha and Emily sat down with Michael Carlson to discuss his research in turfgrass and how GreenKeeper can help turfgrass professionals. Michael is the Research Manager at GreenKeeper. GreenKeeper was started in Lincoln, Nebraska and helps turfgrass professionals with decision making, management plans, can be used with sensors, and more. Tune into this week's episode to learn more about GreenKeeper and turfgrass man...
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On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcasts, Katie and Victor were joined by Dr. Michael D. Cahn, an Irrigation and Water Resource Advisor, Cooperative Extension in Monterey County, University of California, for Part 2 of our discussion on Specialty Cropping Systems. Dr. Cahn led the development of CropManage, an useful tool for farmers in the Central Coast, which also was explained by the interviewer by highlighting its fun...
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On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcasts, Katie and Victor were joined by Dr. Michael D. Cahn, an Irrigation and Water Resource Advisor, at Cooperative Extension in Monterey County, University of California. Dr. Cahn shares his background with Specialty Crops in Central Coast, information regarding specialty crops production and management. Dr. Cahn also highlighted nutrient leaching and some of the strategies to decrease...
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On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcasts, Emily and Camila were joined by Aaron Nygren, a Water and Integrated Cropping Systems Extension Educator in Saunders County. Aaron shares his knowledge of pumpkin production and digital agricultural tools possibilities for the specialty crop. He explains the challenges and give us some tips for who is just starting a new specialty crop production. Tune into this week's episode to ...
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On this week's episode of the FarmBits podcasts, Katie and Natasha were joined by Mia Luong, a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Mia speaks with us on her knowledge of designing, implementing, and conducting the ins and outs of specialty crop research. She explains the role of technology in her pursuit of climate smart tools for specialty cropping systems including strawberries, carrots and more. Tune her...
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This week, Emily and Rana visited with Joe Jones, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Tertill Corporation. Joe has an extensive history in robotics including research, being a co-inventor of the Roomba vacuuming robot, and now Harvest Automations and Tertill Corporation with the Tertill garden weeding robot. Automation in weeding can help gardeners stay on top of weeds and make gardening more accessible and easier. Tune int...
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On this week's episode, which marks our 100th episode of FarmBits, we bring a special episode highlighting experiences and perspectives of different generations in the Kudera Family Farm. The Kudera family farm has been in operation since 1908 and today Katie and Deepak met with third and fourth generation members of the farm to learn about how farming looked in the past and how things have changed over time. Tune into this week...
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This week, Natasha and Emily sat down with Dr. Jose Leme from the Southern Illinois University to discuss his specialty crop research in cannabis. Dr. Leme is an associate professor working in cannabis biology and cultivation systems and conducts research in various types of cannabis including fiber and grain cannabis. Fiber and grain cannabis have many uses including building materials, paper, skin care products, oil, and biofu...
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Urban agriculture is the act of farming in urban settings with the focus of cultivating food crops for human needs. Agritecture was developed as an advisory service to help farmers all over the world develop climate smart agriculture in urban and controlled environment agriculture. On this week's episode to kick off the summer 2023 series, Deepak and Katie met with Henry Gordon Smith, founder and CEO of Agritecture to learn more...
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