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  Precision Farming: An Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The term "precision farming" means carefully tailoring soil and crop management to fit the different conditions found in each field.
Precision farming is sometimes called "prescription farming", "site specific farming" or "variable rate technology." It has caused a focus on the use of three technologies that are very central to the LARS programs - remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).
Precision farming will make a strong impact on the way farmers manage their farm operations in the future.
pasture.ecn.purdue.edu /~mmorgan/PFI/over.htm   (1115 words)

 An Overview of Precision Farming Technology: Is It for You? - Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Precision farming utilizes information technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information system software (GIS) to gather, store, view, and analyze vast amounts of data - which can then be converted into usable knowledge to make better farm management decisions for crop production.
While studies of precision farming technology have often focused on changes in crop input costs, there is also the cost of developing "human capital." These costs include workshops, training fees, time away from other work, and "wrong decisions" made while learning.
Precision farming technology is also useful in evaluating crop inputs, new products, new methods, etc. It can generate production comparisons for a particular field or farm, so that you can make informed management decisions on use of inputs, products, and/or methods.
www.gov.mb.ca /agriculture/facts/fbc08s00.html   (1299 words)

 Precision Farming Introduction
Precision Farming is old traditional farming in the modern way: optimizing agricultural production through improving the precision of existing agronomic management activities by implementing them at a subfield scale.
Precision farming is an attempt to adapt to specific differences within fields and so to avoid over- or under supplying the plants.
The basis for precision farming is the parcelling of the agricultural field into smaller units (grid cells) to which a whole battery of information can be assigned.
www.environmental-studies.de /Precision_Farming/1E.html   (581 words)

Precision farming is a farming system concept which involves the development and adoption of knowledge-based technical management systems with the main goal of optimizing profit.
A key component for all precision farming operations is the technology to determine the instantaneous position of equipment as it operates in the field, and to provide this information in a computer compatible format.
For precision farming applications, the GPS positioning technology should be thought of as RT-DGPS, that is, the farmer should always be using real-time differential corrections to minimize position error.
www.engr.uga.edu /research/groups/precisionfarming/clark_vrt.html   (2938 words)

 Perceived risks and decisions to adopt precision farming methods (an introduction) | Integrated Crop Management
To the extent that precision farming provides better natural resource use and protection, more timely application of pesticides, or reducing pesticide use through improved monitoring of pests, or makes better use of producer time and personal resources, all of which serve to assist in managing risk, then adoption rates should be higher.
Precision farming opens up many new opportunities and challenges as farmers are asked to produce more with fewer resources and less environmental damage.
Precision farming will likely be another tool in the toolbox for farmers to better manage their farms, but it will not replace good farm management.
www.ipm.iastate.edu /ipm/icm/1998/4-9-1998/risks.html   (967 words)

 Precision Farming
Precision farming practices, such as site-specific applications of fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation, and herbicides in agricultural crops and improved timber and non-timber management and utilization in forests, can reduce costs while minimizing environmental and ecological impacts.
Precise monitoring and control of animals' conditions and needs can improve animal health and welfare, growth and development, reproduction, and products.
Precision forestry applies a variety of tools to improve forest operations and management.
www.csrees.usda.gov /precisionfarming.html   (346 words)

 Precision Farming in New Mexico: Enhancing the Economic Health of Agriculture
Therefore, precision farming can be used to provide good stewardship of the land for future generations, preserve the land's potential for multiple uses, and evaluate both off- and on-site effects of agricultural practices.
Precision farming in New Mexico is in its infancy.
Precision farming technology is available now and is being implemented on an increasing number of farms throughout the United States.
www.cahe.nmsu.edu /pubs/_z/z-106.html   (2365 words)

This section of the Precision Farming course answers the question "What is precision farming?" It will introduce the student to the concept of precision farming, provide a brief historical perspective, and discuss the condition that is driving the development of precision farming.
It will consider the potential impact of precision farming on crop production and examine the scope of farming operations that are already being influenced by the rapidly emerging technologies that make precision farming possible.
While this technology is only a few years old, various names have been used to describe the concept: farming by soil; farming soil, not fields; farming by the foot; spatially prescriptive farming; computer aided farming; farming by computer; farming by satellite; high-tech sustainable agriculture; soil-specific crop management; site-specific farming; and precision farming.
www.precisionag.org /html/introduction.html   (585 words)

 Precision Farming: Dreams and Realities for Indian Agriculture
Precision farming can bring several benefits to the sugar beet industry in Hokkaido, where the marketing system was changed in 1986 from a quantity (fresh weight) to quality (sugar yield) basis.
Precision farming is still only a concept in many developing countries and strategic support from the public and private sectors is essential to promote its rapid adoption.
To spur adoption of precision farming methods in developing countries, pilot demonstration projects must be conducted at various growers locations by involving farmers in all stages of the project.
www.gisdevelopment.net /application/agriculture/overview/mi04115pf.htm   (5634 words)

 Precision farming -DAWN - Business; 29 March, 2004
Precision agriculture has, more recently, been capturing the imagination of all those concerned with profitable production of food, feed and fibre by efficiently managing each factor in the production system through holistic site-specific and eco-regional farm management strategies.
The conventional farming system is based on the use of generalised recommendations across the whole field or in all the fields of a farm/ village/region.
Precision farmers have to quickly and precisely make decisions about when, where, how and how much to perform these operations in each field so as to reduce wastages and losses, and ensure profit maximisation and protection of agro-ecosystem.
www.dawn.com /2004/03/29/ebr17.htm   (866 words)

 Preparing agriculturists for precision farming -DAWN - Business; April 10, 2006
The precision farming versus traditional agriculture: In the PF, farm field is divided into “management zones” based on soil pH, weed mapping, salinity mapping, yield rates, pest infestation, evidence of drought and other factors that affect crop production.
Precision farming: The precision agriculture is the application of modern information technologies towards providing, processing and analyzing the multi-source data of high spatial and temporal resolution for decision-making and operations in the management of crop production.
Farmers who plan to use custom services to help build their precision farming data base should have a written contract that specifies their rights to data, and they should take care that the data is available in a format that can be transferred to other software.
www.dawn.com /2006/04/10/ebr4.htm   (1285 words)

 EO Study: Precision Farming
"Precision crop management is still in the experimental phase," states Susan Moran, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and member of the NASA Landsat 7 Science Team, based in Tucson, Arizona.
The goal is to improve farmers’ profits and harvest yields while reducing the negative impacts of farming on the environment that come from over-application of chemicals.
By measuring precisely the way their fields reflect and emit energy at visible and infrared wavelengths, precision farmers can monitor a wide range of variables that affect their crops—such as soil moisture, surface temperature, photosynthetic activity, and weed or pest infestations.
earthobservatory.nasa.gov /Study/PrecisionFarming   (394 words)

 Precision Agriculture:
Precision agriculture is a popular new concept in production.
Precision agriculture can be defined as a comprehensive system designed to optimize agricultural production through the application of crop information, advanced technology and management practices.
A truly comprehensive approach to precision agriculture begins with crop planning and includes tillage, planting, chemical applications, harvesting, and post harvest processing of the crop.
www.bae.ncsu.edu /programs/extension/agmachine/precision   (812 words)

 Precision Farming
Precision farming technology enables a farmer to treat specific smaller areas in a specific field that have different potential.
The wide variety of precision farming systems and the cost (economy) thereof cause that the introduction of the equipment in a farming unit must be planned carefully and sensibly.
To give the participant a broad insight of the background of precision farming so that an informed decision can be taken during the consideration, purchasing and introducing of precision farming systems in an existing farming unit.
www.farmingsuccess.com /precision.htm   (327 words)

 Precision ag linked to profitability
Both those that have embraced the newest precision farming technology and those that have taken a wait-and-see approach are in agreement on one thing.
Of those responding to the precision farming survey, 85 percent of those that have already adopted the technology and 63 percent of those who have not, believe precision farming will be profitable for them to use in the future.
When asked to rank the future importance of precision farming technology on a scale of one to five, the adopters gave it a ranking of 3.9, and the non-adopters gave it a ranking of 3.5.
southeastfarmpress.com /mag/farming_precision_ag_linked/index.html   (869 words)

 The Art of Precision Farming
Precision agriculture is a technological breakthrough that uses global positioning satellite systems to assist farmers in potentially increasing profits.
Before choosing to use precision agriculture, farmers must consider how much variability is in their fields.
Precision agriculture uses global positioning system technology to locate and plot areas from which samples are taken.
www.depts.ttu.edu /aged/agriculturist/fall2001/precision_story.html   (623 words)

 Precision Agriculture and GIS
Added field level precision opens the way to better manage natural in-field variations where previously, in terms of treatments, a field was normally assumed to be homogenous.
Precision farming (PF) and variable rate technologies (VRT) use spatial databases within field environmental and management variables with the aim of evening the application of field inputs while maximizing production across a field.
These extensions provide the farm manager the tools to interpolate data surfaces from point information, calculate the probability of certain agronomic events such as unfavorable climatic events, and incorporate satellite data concerning land use or live weather reports.
www.esri.com /industries/agriculture/business/precision.html   (437 words)

 Precision Partners Inc. - Making Precision Farming Profitable
Precision Partners Inc. was founded in 1997 to deliver profitable, value-added solutions to farmers and retail agribusiness using precision farming and agricultural resource management technologies.
Precision Partners is the nationally recognized leader in precision farming through our technology-based business consulting and training.
Precision Partners Inc. is defined as the leader and innovator in cost effective precision agriculture based hardware and software.
www.precisionpartners.com   (277 words)

 CorpWatch : Precision Farming: The Marriage Between Agribusiness and Spy Technology
Precision farming "benefits from the emergence and convergence of several technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), automated machine guidance, infield and remote sensing, mobile computing, telecommunications and advanced information processing", according to GPS World magazine.
"Precision farming is about commodification and control of information and it is among the high-tech tools that are driving the industrialization of agriculture, the loss of local farm knowledge and the erosion of farmers rights", she told CorpWatch.
Precision farming seeks to legitimate and reinforce the uniformity and chemical-intensive requirements of industrial agriculture under the guise of protecting the environment and improving efficiency, according to Shand.
www.corpwatch.org /article.php?id=4208   (1618 words)

 Precision Farming   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Precision agriculture aims to increase farm profits and reduce environmental impacts of agricultural chemicals by using soil sampling, yield monitoring, remote sensing, and soil and plant nutrient analysis to identify within-field variability, and then using that information to develop site-specific management strategies.
After all, precision farming is an indispensable component of the integrated farming systems.
Believe it or not, many of the technologies developed specially for precision farming are being used for whole field management.
weslaco.ars.usda.gov /ifnrru/precision.html   (779 words)

 Eye on the sky: Seminar spreads the word on precision farming   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Precision agriculture involves the use of global positioning satellites to help farmers pinpoint exact locations in their fields.
Lawson said the seminar is for people who have recently decided to use precision farming technology, those thinking about using it, or anyone simply interested in learning more about the technology.
Additional topics are measuring the benefits of precision agriculture, calculating a simple cost-benefit analysis, conducting reliable on-farm testing, and working with area farmers to collect data.
www.purdue.edu /UNS/html3month/1999/990205.Precision.farming.html   (323 words)

 Precision Farming and Linux: An Expose | Linux Journal
Farming is not a place one would expect to fine Linux, but there it is. Mr.
Ideally, precision farming is a process where one manages the production of a crop on a plant-by-plant basis.
Precision farming is evolving around three technologies: global positioning (GPS), geostatistics (GIS) and remote sensing.
www.linuxjournal.com /article/3292   (1738 words)

 Precision agriculture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Precision farming or precision agriculture is an agricultural concept relying on the existence of in-field variability.
Precision farming may be used to improve a field or a farm management from several perspectives :
Other benefits for the farmer may be to help him set a history of his/her farm practices and results, to help him in his decision making and traceability requirements (as increasingly required in developed countries).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Precision_farming   (343 words)

 Precision Farming: Economic Issues
The purpose of this presentation is to help you manage your adoption of precision farming technology for that future payoff.
You can not try every alternative on your farm, but by pooling data with other farmers who have different management approaches it will be possible to identify the best combination of seed, fertility, tillage and pest control.
Farmers who plan to use custom services to help build their precision farming database should have a written contract that specifies their rights to the data and they should take care that the data is available in a format that can be transferred to other software.
www.agriculture.purdue.edu /ssmc/Frames/economic_issues.html   (1766 words)

 PRECISION FARMING   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Many of the tools of modern farming are coming, not from the barn, but from research labs and technology specialists.
Precision farming can help farmers vary the rate of seeding or fertilizing.
Combining the farm records into a single management system helps them improve the bottom line because it lets them see whether a different management practice is really working.
www.virginiabusiness.com /magazine/yr1998/oct98/farming.html   (2101 words)

 Cotton Farming
Farmers who may want to implement a few precision ag techniques in their cotton production system, but who commit less acreage to the crop than do the Hoods, might be surprised to find out that getting started isn't nearly as expensive as they had supposed, given the possible returns in the near term.
But, as Hood is quick to point out, the real beauty of precision ag is the potential for increasing yields while reducing costs and making more improvements each successive growing season.
No matter how many acres a producer farms or how many different crops he grows, precision agriculture technology is available to him right now, and it is steadily improving and becoming more user friendly as time goes by.
www.cottonfarming.com /home/archive/2001_JulyCF-Precisionag.html   (825 words)

 Precision Farming at WSU
Precision farming has been called the greatest technological advancement in agriculture since the invention of the tractor.
The precision farming option in soil science will teach students how to integrate knowledge of site-specific soil-plant processes, geo-positioning, geographical information systems, crop and soil mapping, and computerized farm machinery for improved resource use, protection of the environment, and optimization of farm productivity.
Precision farming students will learn how to integrate knowledge of site-specific soil-plant processes, geo-positioning, geographical information systems, crop and soil mapping, and computerized farm machinery for improved resource use, protection of the environment, and optimization of farm productivity.
academics.wsu.edu /fields/study.asp?id=PRECF   (615 words)

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