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SmartTechnologies for Crop and the Green Industries

Eastern Virginia AREC research

Our vision with this platform is to use autonomous systems to monitor plant nutrition, plant stress (biotic and abiotic), soils, environment, water quality, beneficial pollinators, pests, and weather conditions to increase yield, reduce environmental impact, and boost economic productivity.

We will advance excellence in research by using the latest technologies and sensors in our research; we will support producers and stakeholders with the latest technologies to increase their bottom line; and we will attract students and faculty with interest and expertise in Smart Technologies. By being a leader in this arena, we will expand relationships and trust with our stakeholders.

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Meet the Platform Leader

Joseph Oakes

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Dr. Oakes is the superintendent of the Eastern Virginia AREC in Warsaw, VA, and has been using sensors in row crop research for the past 5+ years. His primary research interests lie in using aerial imagery and sensors for fertility management and high throughput phenotyping. 

"I am honored to be the platform leader for SmartTechnologies for Crops and the Green Industries. We plan to build many interdisciplinary collaborations within this platform and with other platforms in order to advance this research."