BEYOND THE WORDS IMAGES OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING Visual images are always a big part of producing Resource magazine. Images complement the written word by engaging reader interest and providing further information. The 6th annual Agricultural and Biological Engineering Visual Challenge—our call for “statements without words”— proves once again that ag and bio engineers are often as proficient in photography as they are in science and technology. We thank the many contest contributors for their images from close-to-home locations and far-flung assignments—all with an eye for color and composition. The beauty and meaning of the ABE profession come to life in these images, showing those outside the field: “This is what we do—on the job and off.” Of course, the photos selected are only a glimpse of the wide variety of activities within the ABE profession, and the selection process was inevitably subjective, but we are confident that these photos show some of the visual wonders that ag and bio engineering careers can offer. We hope you enjoy the finalists’ efforts! Be inspired ... we await your entires for VisualChallenge7 ! HEMLOCK STAND A forestry technician works under a mature hemlock stand in New Germany State Park, Maryland, as part of a study to evaluate canopy penetration of an aerially applied fungal pathogen for the hemlock woolly adelgid, which is killing hemlock in the eastern U.S. This stand was later heavily damaged by 30 inches of wet snow associated with Hurricane Sandy, and only about half of the trees pictured here remain. ASABE member John H. Lumkes Jr., P.E., Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Associate Director, Global Engineering Programs, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., USA, email@example.com. ASABE member A. J. Both, Associate Extension Specialist, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., USA, both@aesop.Rutgers.edu. ASABE member Saleh Taghvaeian, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Water Resources, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, USA, Saleh.Taghvaeian@okstate.edu. FOOD-ENERGY-WATER (FEW) SYSTEMS In a field in northwest Oklahoma, irrigation water is supplied from the declining Ogallala aquifer with a center-pivot system. The wind turbines in the background represent the integrated nature of FEW systems. “I was laying catch cans to test the efficiency and uniformity of the system. If you look closely you will see the catch cans on the ground—three of them under the nozzles in the first span. Agricultural engineers must employ a holistic approach of utilizing renewable energy resources, efficient land and water management, and agronomic improvements to achieve sustainable agricultural production.” ASABE member Paul Funk, USDA-ARS Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory, Mesilla Park, N.M., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org. TEXAS FIELD “I took a few photos along the way, traveling east from New Mexico to Texas. Just west of Roscoe, a flash of Texas sun caught my eye. It was an ag pilot cartwheeling between wind generators.” ASABE member Suresh Neethirajan, Program Leader, BioNano Laboratory, and Bioengineering Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, and students Ryan Berthelot and Abdulmonem Murayyan, University of Guelph, Canada, email@example.com. ASABE member Jason Schuster, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org. RYE COVER CROP ASABE Fellow and Past President Jim Dooley, P.E., Chief Technology Officer, and ASABE member David Lanning, Mechanical Engineer, Forest Concepts, LLC, Auburn, Wash., USA, www.forestconcepts.com. BIOMASS HAMMER MILL SCREENS ASABE member Allison Graham, Manufacturing Group Lead, Research and Development, Engineer-in-Training, Seed Hawk Inc., Langbank, Saskatchewan, Canada, email@example.com. THE LIMITS ASABE member Brian McLaughlin, Agricultural Graphic Designer, Notre Dame, Ind., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org. ROUND BARN, FULTON COUNTY, INDIANA Built in 1924 and a recent tornado survivor, the barn was rehabbed by an Amish crew using cedar shakes and a diamond-shaped roof bracing system. The signature braces, seen from the interior, prevent catastrophic roof shift, which round barns can experience after decades of aging and exposure to wind and weather.
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