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How ag is using AI

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

The future of farming is full of challenges. On this episode of River to River, a look at high-tech solutions in the works.

Two ISU professors are leading a team to develop AI tools to identify pests.

Then ISU professor of soil science Mike Castellano discusses his work to develop a tool to measure the nutrient levels in plants in order to cut down on fertilizer over-application.


  • Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Professor in Engineering and professor of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Arti Singh, associate professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University
  • Mike Castellano, agronomy professor and the William T. Frankenberger Professor of Soil Science, Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio