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