Use technology to help farmers maximize their harvests.
What does a Precision Agriculture Specialist do?
Agriculture can be a tough business. First, there are weather and soil conditions to consider. Follow that up with a swarm of hungry insects, disease, and low crop production, and Farmers are lucky to have anything left to sell at market. A Precision Agriculture Specialist makes the whole process easier by identifying the exact needs of the crops, and recommending techniques and products that deliver on them.
In essence, a Precision Agriculture Specialist is a Consultant for both commercial and backyard Farmers. If you’re a Precision Agriculture Specialist, you know a lot about what wheat, corn, and snap peas need from the soil. You also know about farm equipment. You’ve most likely driven tractors, combines, or spray equipment, and have experience harvesting crops as well.
You use technology to make maps of the soil. Imagine 1,000 acres of corn popping through the dirt. The natural and added components of that dirt will vary across the 1,000 acres, which means it also needs varying amounts of amendments. That’s where you come in.
Using GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (geographic information systems), you create a three-dimensional map of the area, indicating which sections use more water, and which require more fertilizer. This allows you to recommend an application plan to the customer. With that information, he or she only spends money on the areas that need additives rather than blanketing the entire land. Not only does that save money, but it also reduces the impact on the environment.