Ohio State plants Script Ohio into 100-acre soybean field

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LONDON, OH (WCMH) – The Ohio State University has created what could be the world’s largest Script Ohio.

It’s the creation of Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

The Script Ohio was created using ‘precision agriculture’ through GPS-guided ‘smart planting.’ Two different varieties of soybeans were planted in the field. The variety that forms the Script Ohio matures faster than the soybeans around it.

As the soybeans turn yellow, the pattern that was planted months before becomes visible.

“We decided to start and continue this project to show the potential of new multi-hybrid/variety planting technology and demonstrate that it can complete tasks with accuracy and precision to the point of making logos in field scenes,” said Andrew Klopfenstein, senior research associate engineer.

The benefits to the technique don’t stop at planting logos.

“There are benefits to matching plant hybrids/varieties to soil landscape,” says Klopfenstein, “Farmers in the future will consider multiple factors when generating prescriptions some of these factors may include moisture holding capacity, soil organic matter content, slope, and historical yield data just to name a few.”

This isn’t the first time the program has planted a pattern into a field. For the last three years, different Ohio State logos were planted into fields using corn.

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