Black and white photograph of Turkeys, Land O'Lakes, Minneapolis, 1927. Photograph by Hibbard Studio.

Turkeys, Land O'Lakes, Minneapolis

Turkeys, Land O'Lakes, Minneapolis, 1927. Photograph by Hibbard Studio.

Black and white photograph of a Turkey flock, ca. 1910.

Turkey flock

Turkey flock, ca. 1910.

Black and white photograph of a woman and turkeys, ca. 1930. Photograph by Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Woman and turkeys

Woman and turkeys, ca. 1930. Photograph by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Turkey Industry in Minnesota

The Minnesota turkey industry began with small backyard flocks raised on family farms. The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, the National Turkey Improvement Plan, and advances in disease prevention helped Minnesota rise to become the top turkey-producing state in the country.

Black and white photograph of German prisoners of war operating farm equipment in Moorhead, ca. 1943–1945. Used with the permission of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

German prisoners of war doing farm work in Moorhead

German prisoners of war operating farm equipment in Moorhead, ca. 1943–1945. Used with the permission of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Color image of emotely sensed image of a farm field illustrating vegetation density, water deficit, and crop stress, 2010.

Remotely sensed maps of a farm field

Remotely sensed image of a farm field illustrating vegetation density, water deficit, and crop stress. Photographed in 2010 by Susan Moran for the Landsat 7 Science Team and USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Color image of a type of drone used in precision agriculture on display at Innov-Agri, an international agricultural trade fair. Photographed by Guilhem Vellut, September 6, 2016.

Precision agriculture drone

A type of drone used in precision agriculture on display at Innov-Agri, an international agricultural trade fair. Photographed by Flickr user Guilhem Vellut, September 6, 2016.

Color image of a farm worker adjusting GPS equipment inside the cab of a planter, June 25, 2009. Used courtesy of the United Soybean Board.

Farm worker adjusting GPS equipment

A farm worker adjusts GPS equipment inside the cab of a planter, June 25, 2009. Used courtesy of the United Soybean Board.

Precision Agriculture

Precision agriculture is a farming method that uses the global navigation satellite system (GNSS), sensors on the ground, and drones in the air to study individual farm fields. With these tools, farmers can fine-tune their approaches to planting, harvesting, and maintaining crops to save themselves time and money. Minnesota farmers have used the technology since the early 1990s to improve crop yields while protecting the health of their soil.

Color image of a Soybean aphid on a soybean leaf with pointy trichomes, 2009. Photographed by Claudio Gratton, University of Wisconsin.

Soybean aphid

Soybean aphid on a soybean leaf with pointy trichomes, 2009. Photographed by Claudio Gratton, University of Wisconsin.

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