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