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  • Hand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniques

    Precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper by Richard Sowers, a professor of engineering and of mathematics at the University of Illinois. Recent Illinois alumnus Devasia Manuel, currently a machine learning researcher with Google and Sowers’ co-author on the study, developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a grower’s strawberries from the field to cold storage.

    Precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper by Richard Sowers, a professor of engineering and of mathematics at the University of Illinois. Recent Illinois alumnus Devasia Manuel, currently a machine learning researcher with Google and Sowers’ co-author on the study, developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a grower’s strawberries from the field to cold storage.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Richard Sowers, call 217-333-6246; email r-sowers@illinois.edu

    The paper “Optimal Transport to Cold Chain in Perishable Hand-Picked Agriculture” is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI:  10.1111/nrm.12124