Football fans traveling into the capital city from the west for this weekend’s Buckeye game will get a little taste of what will happen inside Ohio Stadium before even getting to campus.
The world’s largest Script Ohio is etched into a 100-acre bean field about 25 miles west of Columbus in London.
For the past four years, The Ohio State University’s Precision Agriculture program has demonstrated GPS-guided “smart planting” using multiple corn hybrids as part of an annual agriculture trade show called the Farm Science Review.
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The Script Ohio demonstration of precision agriculture is thanks to components that turn a traditional planter into a “smart planter.” From the monitor, farmers can control the plant population and hybrid type planted in coordination with a mapping of GPS coordinates.
“We decided to start and continue this project to show the potential of new multi-hybrid/variety planting technology and demonstrate that it can complete tasks with accuracy and precision to the point of making logos in field scenes,” said Andrew Klopfenstein, senior research associate engineer in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE), part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.
In the past, OSU’s Precision Agriculture program has tacked Brutus Buckeye and a Block O.
Read more about the power of precision agriculture here.