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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
- GPS Field Data Collector (Global Positioning System Field Data Collector)
- Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist
Tasks for “Migration Specialist”
- Identify areas in need of pesticide treatment by analyzing geospatial data to determine insect movement and damage patterns.
- 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.
- Draw or read maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
- 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.
- Analyze data from harvester monitors to develop yield maps.
- 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.
- Analyze remote sensing imagery to identify relationships between soil quality, crop canopy densities, light reflectance, and weather history.
- Contact equipment manufacturers for technical assistance, as needed.
- 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.
- Analyze geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, or weather conditions.
- Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
- 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.
- Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
- Divide agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
- 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).
- Program farm equipment, such as variable-rate planting equipment or pesticide sprayers, based on input from crop scouting and analysis of field condition variability.
- Prepare reports in graphical or tabular form, summarizing field productivity or profitability.
- Identify spatial coordinates, using remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
- Install, calibrate, or maintain sensors, mechanical controls, GPS-based vehicle guidance systems, or computer settings.
Related Technology & Tools
- Yield monitor systems
- Seed drills
- Air clutches
- Autosteering systems
- Automatic land leveling systems
- Variable rate applicators
- Moisture monitors
- Tractor mounted soil probes
- Automatic boom control systems
- Field personal computers PC
- Laptop computers
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Fertilizer spreading equipment
- Lightbar guidance systems
- Soil samplers
- Desktop computers
- Personal computers
- Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
- Sprayer application equipment
- Ag Leader Technology SMS Advanced
- GeoAgro GIS
- MapShots EASi Suite
- John Deere Apex Farm Management
- Novariant AutoFarm AF Viewer
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Trimble AgGPS MultiPlane
- AGCO GTA Software Suite
- Microsoft Office
- ESRI ArcView
- Farm Works Site Pro
- Microsoft Access
- SST Development Group SSToolbox
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- ESRI ArcPad
- ESRI ArcGIS software
- Web browser software
- Trimble AgGPS EZ-Map