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