For me, fall is the best time of year. Cooler weather, upcoming holidays, my birthday, but, more importantly, the best of college football season is starting. Pretty soon teams will be playing to secure a spot in one of the many uniquely-named bowl games. There’s the Citrus Bowl, Rose Bowl, and now the… Precision Agriculture Bowl?
On Saturday, October 6, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits will face off against the Indiana State University Sycamores in the first-ever Precision Agriculture Bowl.
As reported by Successful Farming (your go to source for news at the intersection of football and farming, apparently) the Precision Agriculture Bowl has been labeled as such because of a new bachelors program at SDSU.
SDSU is the first land-grant university in the country to offer both a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture. Students learn while participating in a collaborative program focusing on both the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science, and the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The precision agriculture curriculum also incorporates other programs from across the university.
The precision agriculture major offers courses in data analytics, GPS-GIS technology, soil sciences, precision crop production, plant pathology, precision data mapping, sensor technology, precision farm machinery, electrical diagnostics and weed/pest management.
And even if the SDSU Jackrabbits lose on Saturday, at least the students will have something to cheer on as the school breaks ground on their new precision agriculture center before the game.
The 6 p.m. CST kickoff at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium at SDSU will be preceded by the groundbreaking ceremony for the new SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center at 1:30 p.m.
To read more about the Precision Agriculture Bowl, click here.