In This Issue
Fall Issue of The Bridge on Agriculture and Information Technology
September 15, 2011 Volume 41 Issue 3
Articles In This Issue
  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    AuthorIndrejeet Chaubey, Keith Cherkauer, Melba Crawford, and Bernard Engel

    Models informed largely by sensor-supplied data can provide insights into the role of agriculture in carbon, energy, nutrient, and water cycles.

    Agriculture, which has traditionally been considered a source of food, feed, and fiber, is increasingly being identified as a source of energy and ...

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    AuthorMatthew Denesuk and Susan Wilkinson

    Requirements for greater transparency about where food comes from and how it is treated along the way are becoming more stringent.

    The growing world population is putting increasing strains on natural resources, including agricultural resources, and recent economic and environmental trends are ...

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    AuthorJohn F. Reid

     In the future, agricultural machines will become data-rich sensing and monitoring systems.

    Significant challenges will have to be overcome to achieve the level of agricultural productivity necessary to meet the predicted world demand for food, fiber, and fuel in 2050. Although ...

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    AuthorJason K. Bull, Andrew W. Davis, and Paul W. Skroch

    Rapid advances in biotechnology, breeding, and agronomics require equally sophisticated information systems.

    Corn production in the United States has doubled in the last 40 years (Figure 1), primarily as a result of improved cultivars that exploit agronomic advances in soil management and ...

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    AuthorK.C. Ting, Tarek Abdelzaher, Andrew Alleyne, and Luis Rodriguez

    The world population is on track to increase by approximately one-third—to more than 9 billion people—in the next 40 years. Feeding a population that large, which may require doubling agricultural productivity, will only be feasible with significant, even revolutionary, ...

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    AuthorMike Baroni

    Of all the factors underlying agriculture’s productivity gains in the past 60 years—better seeds, irrigation, fertilizer, crop protection, soil management, more sophisticated machinery—the most critical may have been a sense of urgency.  When Norman Borlaug, the father of ...

  • Thursday, September 15, 2011
    AuthorAndrew Alleyne

    The topics addressed in this issue of The Bridge respond to two major trends that affect our planet: population growth and urbanization. The predicted population growth for the first half of this century is daunting. Depending on the estimate, there will be 9 to 10 billion people by ...