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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.
- Draw or read maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
- Contact equipment manufacturers for technical assistance, as needed.
- Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
- 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.
- Prepare reports in graphical or tabular form, summarizing field productivity or profitability.
- Identify spatial coordinates, using remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) 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.
- Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
- Compare crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
- Analyze remote sensing imagery to identify relationships between soil quality, crop canopy densities, light reflectance, and weather history.
- Analyze geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, or weather conditions.
- Divide agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
- Advise farmers on upgrading Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment to take advantage of newly installed advanced satellite technology.
- 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.
- Install, calibrate, or maintain sensors, mechanical controls, GPS-based vehicle guidance systems, or computer settings.
- Document and maintain records of precision agriculture information.
- Participate in efforts to advance precision agriculture technology, such as developing advanced weed identification or automated spot spraying systems.
- Apply precision agriculture information to specifically reduce the negative environmental impacts of farming practices.
- 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.
- Program farm equipment, such as variable-rate planting equipment or pesticide sprayers, based on input from crop scouting and analysis of field condition variability.
Related Technology & Tools
- Automatic land leveling systems
- Automatic boom control systems
- Air clutches
- Lightbar guidance systems
- Soil samplers
- Moisture monitors
- Yield monitor systems
- Personal computers
- Desktop computers
- Autosteering systems
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Sprayer application equipment
- Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
- Fertilizer spreading equipment
- Laptop computers
- Seed drills
- Tractor mounted soil probes
- Field personal computers PC
- Variable rate applicators
- Trimble AgGPS EZ-Map
- Farm Works Site Pro
- Web browser software
- John Deere Apex Farm Management
- ESRI ArcGIS software
- ESRI ArcView
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Access
- Ag Leader Technology SMS Advanced
- SST Development Group SSToolbox
- AGCO GTA Software Suite
- Novariant AutoFarm AF Viewer
- ESRI ArcPad
- Microsoft Excel
- MapShots EASi Suite
- GeoAgro GIS
- Microsoft Office
- Trimble AgGPS MultiPlane
- Microsoft PowerPoint