Introduction to Precision Agriculture

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Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to Precision Agriculture technologies, covering both the applications and the different technologies (e.g. geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing systems, variable rate application etc that make precision farming possible.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, student should be able to:
  • Define precision agriculture from the managerial technological and social perspectives.
  • Understand the overall scope of precision agriculture.
  • Understand how global positioning system work and how this technology is used in precision agriculture.
  • Explore the role of GIS in precision farming and site-specific crop production.
  • Understand the role of database management system in precision agriculture, including the role of centralized farm management data warehouse.
  • Define remote sensing and characterize its role in precision farming.
  • Identify the soil and management factors that influence crop yield.
  • Understand the concept of spatial variability and soil sampling.
  • Identify key issues in variable rate application technology, including the different options for implementing variable rate technology.
  • Understand the application of variable rate technology in agriculture.
  • Identify the various methods for measuring grain yield.
  • Understand the potential benefits and limitations of yield maps.
  • Generate a vision for precision agriculture in the future.
  • Basic Skill Requirements


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    AgrowKnowledge, The National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education, is continuing its leadership with its specific focus on agriculture technology education in community colleges and secondary schools. The intellectual merit of the Center is in its effort to expand curriculum and faculty development and to institutionalize science, mathematics, and technology as an integral part of student learning in agriculture technology education.

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