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AGP 333 - Precision Agriculture Appl.

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
This course is an introduction to the general principles of Precision Agriculture. Major topic areas will include Global Positioning Systems (GPS), yield mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing equipment.
Competencies
  1. Identify the need and use of precision agriculture in modern crop production
    1. List the areas of agriculture where precision agriculture is being used
    2. Outline the economics of precision agriculture in crop production
    3. Identify the uses and tools used in precision agriculture
  2. Identify how a site can be located through the use of satellites
    1. Explain how satellites are used in navigation
    2. Describe the steps involved with NAVSTAR satellite location
  3. Understand the types and uses of Global Position System units
    1. Demonstrate a hand-held GPS unit and their application
    2. Practice mapping an area using a hand-held GPS unit
    3. Identify the various uses of GPS’s in commercial and agricultural uses
  4. Describe the difference between GPS and DGPS
    1. Identify the variances of site marking using a GPS and a DGPS
    2. Understand the importance of satellite correction and triangulation
    3. Understand the different L-Band frequencies used by DGPS units
    4. Identify the various DGPS equipment used in modern crop production
    5. Identify the various differential signals used in modern crop production
    6. Explain the procedure of linking a DGPS unit with a yield monitor
    7. Create a boundary and grid-map a field using the DGPS unit
    8. Remove a soil sample within each prescribed grid
    9. Save data into memory and export to a Geographical Information System
  5. Identify the use and procedures of using Geographical Information Systems
    1. Describe the benefits of GIS to agriculture
    2. Explain the relationship between GIS and GPS
    3. Recognize how GIS are rational databases
    4. Identify the various GIS software packages on the market
    5. Describe how GIS is used in recordkeeping and management
    6. Differentiate between GIS and mapping programs on the market
    7. Understand the characteristics of Raster vs. Vector data
    8. Create maps using GPS data and digitizing techniques
    9. Recognize techniques used to enhance maps
    10. Transform aerial soil maps to a geo-referenced image that is GIS compatible
    11. Create an event using imported soil test information
    12. Create other events that will provide background layers for a particular participant
    13. Explain the agronomic mapping prescription for an individual field
    14. Understand the process of remote sensing and how it is used in precision farming



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