University of Florida

AOM 4434
Precision Agriculture

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Principles and applications of technologies supporting precision farming and planning for natural resource data management. Global positioning system (GPS), yield monitoring and mapping, remote sensing, geographic information system (GIS), variable rate technologies (VRT), data layering of independent variables, Internet information access, and computer software for management.

Pre-requisites/Co-requisites

Junior standing

Course Objectives

This course covers information and technologies that are used for precision farming and their applications. In this course we would like to:

  • Describe what precision agriculture is and why it is needed,
  • Explain basic principles and applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS),
  • Describe what yield monitoring/mapping system is,
  • Identify current remote sensing technologies,
  • Become familiar with GIS (Geographic Information System) software and be able to utilize it,
  • Explore principles and applications of variable rate technologies, and
  • Be able to identify sensing technology for precision agriculture.

Instructor

Dr. Wonsuk "Daniel" Lee
Office: Frazier Rogers Hall, Room 227
Telephone: (352) 392-1864 Ext. 227
E-Mail: wslee@ufl.edu
Web Site: http://abe.ufl.edu/wlee/teaching.html

Material/Supply Fees

$40.00

Class Materials Required

Textbook Required

Title: The Precision-Farming Guide for Agriculturists (Be sure to purchase a copy of the second edition published in 2003).
Author: Morgan and Ess
Publication date and edition: Deere & Company, 1997 & 2003
ISBN number: 0-86691-287-8

Course Outline

Tools for precision agriculture will be presented in the following order.

  • Introduction to precision agriculture
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Soil sampling
  • Yield monitoring/mapping
  • Remote sensing
  • Variable Rate Technology

Attendance at lectures and laboratory exercises is required.

Grading

A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx

Grading Scale
A 91-100%
B+ 86-90%
B 81-85%
C+ 76-80%
C 71-75%
D+ 66-70%
D 61-65%
E <61%
Exams (2) 20% each
Quiz 10%
Homework 5%
Laboratories 15%
Final Exam 20%

Quizzes will be given approximately 8 to 10 times at random during the semester. The lowest one will be dropped. Quizzes cannot be made up. Homework will be assigned most class periods. Homework should be turned in, but will not be graded. The benefit from doing the assigned homework will come from knowing how to do the quizzes and tests.

Homework solutions will be uploaded to the class web site after the deadline is past. Tests, final exam and homework must be done in a neat and orderly manner! Homework is due at the beginning of the class. No late homework will be accepted.

Laboratory assignments will be handed out every laboratory session. Laboratory assignments should be turned in, and will be graded. Lab assignment is due at the beginning of the lab. No late lab assignment will be accepted.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/process/student-conduct-honor-code.  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601, www.crc.ufl.edu/