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