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Variable-Rate Liming Pays for Itself

Soil pH variability in agricultural fields is common and needs to be addressed properly to avoid any consequences of low or high soil pH issues later in the growing season. One of the basic precision agriculture practices to address this variability is variable-rate (VR) lime applications. Precision soil sampling –…
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Monitoring Cage-free Hens’ Pecking with Deep Learning

US Egg production is transitioning from conventional cage to cage-free system. While cage-free system allows birds to perform natural behaviors such as dustbathing, foraging, and perching, an inherent challenge is feather pecking (FP, Figure 1). Pecking is one of the primary welfare issues in commercial cage-free hen houses as that…
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Tracking Broiler Chickens at Different Ages with Deep Learning

Broiler production and issues: The world’s population is expected to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 and the requirement for animal products (e.g., meat, eggs, and milk) will be increased by 70% as compared to 2005 levels. As indicated, it is challenging to improve animal production efficiency and product quality under…
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