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Terra Byte Journal

The Journey of "Terra Byte"

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November 14th, 2017

The rest of Terra's field was harvested on Tuesday, November 14th, yielding a field average of 226 bu/ac. Terra was 16x34 and was not the strongest ear in the field, but made up for yield with the amount of collected data! Stay tuned for more releases on the final processing of Terra's field and a final report which data we found has potential value, immediate ROI, and was not worth the investment.

October 2nd, 2017

Terra was hand harvested on 10/2/17 after 18.4 Gb of data were collected on the plant. The harvest was live streamed by the Ohio Country Journal, and Terra is now on display in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering on the Ohio State Campus.

September 22nd, 2017

Check out this timelapse of "Terra" from growth to dry down!



September 13th, 2017

6.0 GB of data has been collected so far for "Terra" and more is being collected each and every day! 
As harvest gets into full swing, remember that when it comes to any type of ag data, garbage in gives you garbage out. That being said, make a point to calibrate your combine multiple times to ensure accurate yield data is being stored for future agronomic decisions.

Spatial managment software can be a huge help to processing all types of ag data. This year for the Terra project we have used Ag Leader's SMS Software to manage data layers related to Terra. You can see on the left hand side of the picture that we have 18 data layers on Terra's field! The ability to streamline data processing in ag is a huge advantage when working with equipment of all different colors.

Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on Terra and look for the flag just east of the exhibit area when attending Farm Science Review next week!

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September 8th, 2017

So far this growing season "Terra Byte" has amassed a whopping 5.7 Gb of data!!

This is way more data than we ever anticipated when starting this project. If we collected this much data for every plant in the field there would be 18.6 PETABYTES of data!

Terra's neighbors were harvested yesterday, and it looks like that area of the field is around 1/2 milk line. Not going to be too long before harvest!

Speaking of harvest, this year Terra's field will be harvested with on a JD S670 Combine with Precision Planting's 20/20 and YieldSense product. This is grain chain engineered for more accurate yield mapping. It uses trays of calculated volume, along with moisture measurements to ensure that the mass flow impact sensor is as accurate as possible. This will give us good yield data to store for use in future analysis and decision making!

Stay tuned and make sure to look for the OSU flag just off of I-70 during Farm Science Review! 

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August 22nd, 2017

Update on "Terra Byte" 5.0 Gb of data collected so far, we're here meeting with Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net and Precision Agri Services Inc. discussing the use of aerial imagery!

Click HERE to watch the video update!

August 17th, 2017

"Terra" is putting on a good ear and stands 8'6" tall!

This week application data was gathered from the helicopter that put out a late-season fungicide treatment for us. We applied 10oz/ac of Headline AMP in order to combat Grey Leaf Spot Disease around the middle of July.

Also, we did a yield estimate of Terra's neighbors our first yield projection was calculated to be 182 bu/ac! We counted the number of viable ears in 1/1000th of an acre, and then multiplied that number by the average number of kernels around the ear and by the number of rows on the ear.

Stay tuned for more Terra updates as we go through the growing season trying to turn #agdata into #agdecisions!

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August 14th, 2017

The Ohio State Precision Ag team continues to tally up megabytes as the effort to gather a world record setting amount of data for a single corn plant (named Terra Byte). The project is also seeking out which data is most valuable for making agronomic decisions.

August 2nd, 2017

World Record Wednesday Update: 

Terra is pushing towards our data goal of 10 Gb! This week we collected 0.3 Gb of data for Terra that included aerial imagery and weather data.

Weather data is a crucial measurable data point throughout the growing season. The weather graph displays what Terra has experienced so far this growing season. A total precipitation level of 5.3 inches has been recorded since Terra's planting!

 Also, this time of year vegetative indexes like this ADVI can give insight to in-field variability that may or may not be distinguishable with the naked eye. By using imagery to identify trouble spots in the field, we can be most efficient with our crop scouting.

#precisiondecisions #agdata #precisionag #terrabyte

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July 26th, 2017

Terra has started developing a nice ear! Currently we have collected 3.98 Gb of data.

This time lapse video was recorded last week, watch till the end for the wind storm that cleaned off the tassels!

We also collected thermal images of the plant itself and was interesting to see the heat distribution across Terra.

We keep blowing our goal out of the water, so this time we will revise our goal to 10 Gb of data just for Terra. Stay tuned to see if we can reach our goal by harvest!

#infoag17 #infoag #agtech #agdata #precisionag

Click HERE to watch the most recent timelapse!

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July 12th, 2017

Terra is about to tassel! Standing strong today at V12 and 7.5 ft high, she should tassel with in the next few days.

Currently, with the addition of an infrared time-lapse camera, the current goal has been broken again! We are up to 3.53 Gb for Terra alone now...much higher than we expected at the start of the year!

Data insight of the week - We use various Farm Management Software programs such as SMS or Climate Corp's FieldView system to manage data about Terra and also install our research plots. As shown below, both SMS and FieldView allow for in-season aerial imagery to be uploaded and placed as a geo-referenced background. #agdata #agtech

Check out this story in which Terra is featured in a great article by the Ohio Country Journal, and stay tuned for more updates as we go through the season!
#precisionag #TerraByte

Taking a byte out of the record books | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal

July 6th, 2017

Update on "Terra Byte":

Total data collection so far:
1.2 Gb.

If we collected for every plant in the field, we would have:
2.7 Petabytes!

Stay tuned for updates on Terra throughout the rest of the growing season! #precisionag #agdata Farm Science Review Integrated Ag Services

Click HERE to watch a video with Integrated Ag Services and Mindi Brookhart of the Ohio Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net!

June 28th, 2017

World Record Wednesday Update: Week 7

"Terra Byte" continues to thrive after her side dress and a shower this week. We have eclipsed 1 GB of data!

Weekly Total: 0.6 GB
Total to date: 1.02 GB

FABE Research teams use machine data to evaluate different machine parameters during operation. One way to do this is by using a FarmMobile PUC (Passive Uplink Connection) to collect fuel rate, engine load, torque, and much more from the CANBUS port in the tractor. This can help us to make an informed decision about the proper equipment to have in the field.

Also, this week we performed some root analysis on some of Terra's neighbors. By using computer code developed in MATLAB we can analyze the effects of different downforce settings and do so more efficiently that root measurement by hand!

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June 21st, 2017

World Record Wednesday Update: Week Two of the "Terra Byte" project shattered our previous data goal of 300 Mb for the plant. With the addition of the time-lapse video, we are up to 0.68 Gb just for Terra!

This week we had aerial imagery taken in three different ways: RGB, thermal, and ADVI. Also, we took root samples of Terra's neighbors to evaluate the effect of sidewall compaction.

At the current rate, if we collected this for every plant in the 100 acre field there would be 2.2 PETABYTES of data!

Week Six of Terra Byte's life here at FSR finds her blowing past the V5 growth stage and shooting up another 1 1/2 feet. Look for the OSU flag off of I-70 in London, OH next time you are driving by!

Click HERE to watch this week's timelapse!

#agdata #precisionag #scout17

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June 16th, 2017

Watch the busiest week of Terra's life so far! She got side-dressed, an aerial image taken, stand count readings, spacing, and growth stages were recorded.

Terra grew 1 1/2 ft in one week! The flag also got blown over at the end of the week, but she survived! It's gonna be an exciting year!

#agdata #agtech #sidedress17 #precisionag

Click HERE to watch the timelapse!

June 14th, 2017

It's time for a "World Record Wednesday" update! Every week we will be releasing more information about our world record data collection attempt on Wednesday evening. This week our graphics explain a little bit of the methodology of how we get the amount of bytes per plant.

Our goal for the season is to get 300 Mb of data for "Terra Byte", this may not sound like a lot but if we got 300 Mb's for every plant in our 100 acre field, we would have 260 Terabytes of data!

This week was a busy week for "Terra Byte" as she was side-dressed with NH3, had a post-emerge herbicide application, soil compaction readings, and emergence counts done all in the same week. We will be sharing that data shortly.

Stay tuned for next week's "World Record Wednesday" update! Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions!

#agtech #data #agdata #plant17
Farm Science Review

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June 13th, 2017

Research POGO's from Climate Corp give us insights to planter performance! These awesome tools sure beat using a tape measure to evaluate spacing, they use an encoder attached to a 100ft tape measure. You hit the button when the tape is pulled to each individual plant and it records the distances between plants. They can then calculate spacing statistics, and allow users to enter growth stages for each plant. Plus they add to our total data collection for #terrabyte#agdata #plant17

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June 12th, 2017

Check out this podcast where Ohio Ag Net's Matt Reese talks with Ohio State's Trey Colley and Nate Douridas about a World Record Attempt featuring a special corn plant dubbed "Tera Byte". Then, be sure to follow the journey on our Facebook or Twitter!

June 9th, 2017

The Ohio State Precision Ag team is excited to announce that this year we will be attempting a WORLD RECORD for the most data collected over a growing season on a single corn plant!

This feat, to our knowledge, has never been attempted and can be compared to previous 'high yield' competitions. Through this project we will be able to demonstrate the importance of having a good on-farm digital strategy, and the need for utilizing actionable data to make informed agronomic decisions.

A big thanks to our partnership with the Molly Caren Agricultural Center for their support on this project!

Follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter as we will be releasing weekly updates on our plant (nicknamed "Tera Byte") and on the amount of data we have collected. Look for our OSU flag east of the Farm Science Review exhibit area next time you are headed down I-70! #plant17 Farm Science Review Ohio State - College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Ohio State FABE

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June 8th, 2017

World Record Attempt reveal! #plant17 Farm Science Review

Click HERE to view the taping of the live reveal!

June 2nd, 2017

Have you spotted this flag off of I-70 next to Farm Science Review yet? Stay tuned for some big news next week, some exciting things will be happening where this flag is standing!  #plant17 Farm Science Review

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