Precision agriculture specialists give farmers guidance and technical support to farmers using precision technologies.
This involves contouring differential GPS for map creation as well as for collecting soil samples.
What responsibilities do precision agriculture specialists have?
In addition to the above responsibilities, precision agriculture specialists may also have the following responsibilities:
- Use GPS data to map field variability
- Create maps for fungicide, seeding and fertility
- Sampling soil in the field
- Implementation of variable application of nutrients
- Providing technical support for precision systems
- Installing precision systems
- Implement nutrient management plans and record keeping
- Training other employees on precision equipment
How to become a precision agriculture specialist
A high school education with high school courses such as science, mathematics, and agriculture education.
A bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business, Agriculture Engineering, or Agronomy.
For some positions, a CCA (Certified Crop Adviser certification) may also be required.
Precision agriculture specialists have a variety of work opportunities:
- Ag retailers
- Precision equipment companies
Professional associations and organizations