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