A research team of engineers, geneticists, agronomists, system modelers and machine-learning experts at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are combining expertise to develop a system to sustainably boost crop productivity.

“The idea is to combine and interact two subsystems – a cyber system and a physical system to solve problems,” said Liang Dong, the project’s leader and an Iowa State University professor of electrical and computer engineering. “We want to build a new CPS (cyber-physical system) to improve agricultural management for crop production, environmental quality and agricultural systems sustainability.”

Constant monitoring with a variety of tools could help farmers detect and diagnose problems to support yields while protecting the environment.