Farm Engineering and Equipment
Technology in agriculture is ever-changing and ongoing. Research and education focusing on farm engineering and equipment is important to producers and industry.
The mission of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) is to educate engineers and managers, conduct research, and transfer technology that benefits biological systems in Nebraska. The research covers a broad range of topics from tractor and farm equipment performance to three-dimensional imaging of blood flow using ultrasound. Research is conducted on irrigation water management, precision agriculture, bioprocessing, environmental management, and instrumentation and controls. BSE is part of a team studying carbon sequestration at the ARDC. Carbon sequestration is a scientific term for taking carbon emissions from many sources, including the exhaust from your car, and storing it in the soil to reduce greenhouse gases. Storing the carbon in soil helps reduce the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Someday farmers may be paid for storing carbon in the soil. Computers are utilized to guide tractors without drivers, and global positioning technology and geographic information systems to help farmers make informed production decisions. Biological Systems Engineering also work with some not so pleasant things – such as livestock and domestic waste treatment and odor control.