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Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 19-4099.02
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Precision Agriculture Technicians”.
Also Known As…
- Precision Agriculture Technicians
- Soil Fertility Specialist
- Research Agricultural Engineer
- Regional Agronomist
- Precision Farming Coordinator
- Precision Agronomist
- Precision Agriculture Specialist
- Physical Scientist
- Nutrient Management Specialist
- Independent Crop Consultant
- Crop Specialist
- Precision Farming Specialist
- Precision Crop Manager
- Precision Agriculture Technician
- Migration Specialist
- GPS Field Data Collector (Global Positioning System Field Data Collector)
Tasks for “Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist”
- Provide advice on the development or application of better boom-spray technology to limit the overapplication of chemicals and to reduce the migration of chemicals beyond the fields being treated.
- Document and maintain records of precision agriculture information.
- Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
- Install, calibrate, or maintain sensors, mechanical controls, GPS-based vehicle guidance systems, or computer settings.
- Analyze data from harvester monitors to develop yield maps.
- Draw or read maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
- Advise farmers on upgrading Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment to take advantage of newly installed advanced satellite technology.
- Compare crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
- Divide agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
- Analyze remote sensing imagery to identify relationships between soil quality, crop canopy densities, light reflectance, and weather history.
- Apply precision agriculture information to specifically reduce the negative environmental impacts of farming practices.
- Participate in efforts to advance precision agriculture technology, such as developing advanced weed identification or automated spot spraying systems.
- Contact equipment manufacturers for technical assistance, as needed.
- Program farm equipment, such as variable-rate planting equipment or pesticide sprayers, based on input from crop scouting and analysis of field condition variability.
- Identify spatial coordinates, using remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
- Prepare reports in graphical or tabular form, summarizing field productivity or profitability.
- Demonstrate the applications of geospatial technology, such as Global Positioning System (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying equipment, or computer mapping software.
- Use geospatial technology to develop soil sampling grids or identify sampling sites for testing characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium content, pH, or micronutrients.
- Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
- Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
- Identify areas in need of pesticide treatment by analyzing geospatial data to determine insect movement and damage patterns.
- Analyze geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, or weather conditions.
Related Technology & Tools
- Personal computers
- Autosteering systems
- Variable rate applicators
- Soil samplers
- Seed drills
- Desktop computers
- Lightbar guidance systems
- Fertilizer spreading equipment
- Air clutches
- Yield monitor systems
- Field personal computers PC
- Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
- Moisture monitors
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Automatic land leveling systems
- Automatic boom control systems
- Tractor mounted soil probes
- Sprayer application equipment
- Laptop computers
- ESRI ArcGIS software
- Ag Leader Technology SMS Advanced
- AGCO GTA Software Suite
- SST Development Group SSToolbox
- Microsoft Word
- MapShots EASi Suite
- Trimble AgGPS EZ-Map
- ESRI ArcPad
- John Deere Apex Farm Management
- GeoAgro GIS
- Novariant AutoFarm AF Viewer
- Microsoft Excel
- Farm Works Site Pro
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Access
- Trimble AgGPS MultiPlane
- Web browser software
- ESRI ArcView
- Microsoft PowerPoint