Will “Precision Farming Specialist” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
Unknown Chance of Automation
Sadly, the research paper did not provide any information about this occupation. Maybe have a look at our directory?
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”
- 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.
- Analyze geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, or weather conditions.
- 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).
- Draw or read maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
- Identify spatial coordinates, using remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
- Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
- Contact equipment manufacturers for technical assistance, as needed.
- 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.
- Program farm equipment, such as variable-rate planting equipment or pesticide sprayers, based on input from crop scouting and analysis of field condition variability.
- 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.
- 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.
- Advise farmers on upgrading Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment to take advantage of newly installed advanced satellite technology.
- Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
- Divide agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
- Analyze remote sensing imagery to identify relationships between soil quality, crop canopy densities, light reflectance, and weather history.
- Compare crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
Related Technology & Tools
- Moisture monitors
- Fertilizer spreading equipment
- Field personal computers PC
- Soil samplers
- Lightbar guidance systems
- Variable rate applicators
- Tractor mounted soil probes
- Seed drills
- Autosteering systems
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
- Automatic land leveling systems
- Personal computers
- Yield monitor systems
- Desktop computers
- Automatic boom control systems
- Air clutches
- Laptop computers
- Sprayer application equipment
- Microsoft Access
- ESRI ArcPad
- Web browser software
- Ag Leader Technology SMS Advanced
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Word
- Trimble AgGPS MultiPlane
- ESRI ArcView
- AGCO GTA Software Suite
- Trimble AgGPS EZ-Map
- Farm Works Site Pro
- MapShots EASi Suite
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- ESRI ArcGIS software
- John Deere Apex Farm Management
- Novariant AutoFarm AF Viewer
- SST Development Group SSToolbox
- Microsoft Excel
- GeoAgro GIS