Advanced Precision Agriculture
Semester Taught - Fall, even years
Principles and applications of technologies supporting precision farming and natural resource data management planning. Global positioning system (GPS), geographic information system (GIS), variable rate technologies (VRT), data layering of independent variables, field sensors and computer software for precision farming.
Graduate student standing or permission of instructor.
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 principles and applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS),
- Describe what yield monitoring system is,
- Identify current remote sensing technologies,
- Become familiar with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software and be able to utilize it,
- Explore principles and applications of variable rate technologies,
- Be able to identify sensing technology for precision agriculture, and
- Apply precision agriculture to a real situation.
Class Materials Required
The Precision-Farming Guide for Agriculturists (Be sure to purchase a copy of the second edition published in 2003) Morgan and Ess, Deere & Company, 1997 & 2003
ISBN number: 0-86691-287-8
Course Web Site
Various tools for precision agriculture will be presented:
- Introduction to precision agriculture
- Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Soil sampling
- Yield monitoring/mapping
- Remote sensing
- Variable Rate Technology
During the second half of the course, more in-depth topics will be covered such as yield calculation and yield map generation, soil property measurements (spectrophotometer and other devices), comparison of yield and soil test results, sensors for site specific application, VRT system calibration and map generation based on recommended equations, economics and profitability of precision agriculture, precision farming advantages & disadvantages, development of site specific management plans, etc.
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.
Laboratory assignments will be handed out every laboratory session. Laboratory assignments should be typed when submitted. Homework and lab assignments are due at the beginning of the class. No late submission will be accepted.
Term project: Project topics will be discussed during the class. Each student will present his/her work during class period at the end of the semester. See your instructor for important due dates for the project.
Final Exam: It will be comprehensive over the entire course.
Attendance at lectures and laboratory hours is required.
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