Is precision farming right for you?

Robinson, Elton
September 2004
Southeast Farm Press;9/15/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 22, p27
Trade Publication
The article discusses the use of precision farming in the U.S. Jim Larson, associate professor, University of Tennessee Agricultural Economics, Knoxville, Tennessee, defines precision farming as managing fields spatially rather than on a whole field basis. According to him, there are three steps involved in the process of precision farming. The first step is to gather information through yield monitoring, grid soil sampling and remote sensing. The second step involves taking the rough data, its analysis and generation of a prescription map to apply an input. The third step is implementation — deciding whether an action such as variable-rate application is necessary.


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