Standing underneath one of his research stations at a Colorado State University experimental farm, Jeff Siegfried is decked out in a green and gold hat and polo shirt, the colors of his alma mater. The 24-year-old easily rattles off the various gadgets he uses to measure soil moisture, plant health, air temperature. His corn field here will play a vital role in his final thesis, figuring out better, more efficient ways of delivering irrigation water to fields.
“We’re using technology to make better management decisions,” he says. “So we’re putting the right input in the right place, at the right time and in the right amount. The studies have to be conducted in such a way that eventually it’s the technology that we could be using in the field.”