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Precision Agriculture

Precision Agriculture is a high tech concept that relies on advanced technologies to increase efficiency in agricultural practices. Precision Ag allows farmers, cooperatives, service providers and equipment dealers to collect and use data about unique variations in a field to optimize management with regards to crops, environmental production and economics. The ag industry has the challenging task to raise more grain and livestock with a fixed amount of land  due to shrinking land base. Precision Agriculture will help meet the demand by using technology to produce more with less.


Responsibilities Include

Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), to agricultural production or management activities using the latest technologies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyze data from harvester monitors to develop yield maps.
  • Use remote sensing images to compare data on soil, fertilizers, pests, or weather
  • Advise farmers on using Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment
  • Apply precision agriculture information to reduce the negative environmental impacts of farming practices.
  • Compare crop yields tied to input applications
  • Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Develop soil sampling grids/sites for testing soil characteristics


Notable Employers
  • Bayer
  • John Deere
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • CHS
  • Drone/Imagery Companies
  • Data Science Firms
  • Input Providers
  • Cooperative/Ag Retailers
  • Equipment Dealers


    Program Scholarships

The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

  • David and Ollie Hagen Agriculture Scholarship
  • Hormel Foundation Agriculture and Food Science Scholarship
  • Pat and Gary Ray Agriculture Scholarship
  • For more information about scholarships & deadlines please visit: Riverland Foundation Scholarships

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Last Updated: September 20, 2019

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