Precision agriculture merges the new technologies born of the information age with a mature agricultural industry. It is an integrated crop management system that attempts to match the kind and amount of inputs with the actual crop needs for small areas within a farm field. This goal is not new, but new technologies now available allow the concept of precision agriculture to be realized in a practical production setting.
Precision agriculture often has been defined by the technologies that enable it and is often referred to as GPS (Global Positioning System) agriculture or variable-rate technologies. As important as the devices are, it only takes a little reflection to realize that information is the key ingredient for precise farming. Managers who effectively use information earn higher returns than those who don't.
It is the goal of extension efforts to provide educational opportunities to understand how to adopt and manage the technologies associated with precision agriculture to improve profitability, efficiencies, as well as protect the environment on their farming operation or agricultural business.
Selected presentation related to precision agriculture technologies
- Update on Drone Technology and Uses in Agriculture (PDF) | Youtube video – updated on November 9, 2018
- Rules as Relates to Flying Drones – Recreation to Business with Agriculture as an Example (PDF) | Youtube video – updated on November 9, 2018
Agriculture and Livestock Apps – Changing the Face of Farm Management
Smart phones and tablet computers are a popular craze among the younger generation. These forms of mobile computing devices are reaching the farm and may help manage an operation throughout the year through specific applications (apps in modern technology lingo). For producers who want to use their smart phone or tablet computer beyond just checking e-mail, texting or browsing the internet, here’s a list of some agriculture specific apps with descriptions and compatible mobile devices.
- List of apps for crop production and livestock (PDF) – Updated December 16, 2018
- Presentation made at Missouri State Young Farmers Conference on February 3, 2018 (PDF)