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Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

Precision Agriculture

Precision agriculture is customized management of small homogeneous sub-areas within producer's fields. In simple terms, precision agriculture is doing the right management at the right place and right time. Precision agriculture uses information technologies and information management tools to optimize agricultural management. Management is tailored to spatial and temporal variability in crop yield, nutrients, soil water, weeds and pests, and environmental risks. Precision agriculture helps improve the use efficiency of management inputs, increases farm productivity and profitability, and reduces environmental risks. Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate use and develop innovative information technologies and statistical techniques to study spatial and temporal variability in crop yield and quality, soil and landscape attributes, and precision crop management practices.

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