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