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Agricultural Systems Management Technologies for Precision Agriculture

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  021014,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.10370) @2002
Authors:   Gaines E. Miles, Daniel R. Ess, R. Mack Strickland, Mark T. Morgan
Keywords:   Precision Agriculture, Education, Site Specific Agriculture, Data Acquisition, Global Positioning System, Yield Monitor, Variable Rate Application, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems

This paper describes the content and experiences teaching an undergraduate elective course in Technologies for Precision Agriculture. The primary objective of this course is to prepare agricultural systems management students for successful careers in information-intensive agriculture. The subjects include the technologies of global positioning systems, yield monitors, geographic information systems, site-specific data acquisition, remote sensing, variable-rate application, and economics.

Since the 2000 Fall semester, over 80 students have completed the 3-credit, junior-level course at Purdue. Student reviews of recent revisions to teaching methodologies are very positive. For each subject, students are required to complete a pre-test based on assigned reading materials; class and lab activities which provide hands-on (experiential learning) data collection, processing and analysis; and an in-lab unit evaluation.

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