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