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Precision Agriculture Technicians
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Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems GIS and Global Positioning System GPS , to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.

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Currently Employed: 380

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $23.74 - $43.29

Typical Annual Salary: $49,400 - $90,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
  • Document and maintain records of precision agriculture information.
  • Compile and analyze geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, and weather conditions.
  • Divide agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
  • Develop soil sampling grids or identify sampling sites, using geospatial technology, for soil testing on characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium content, pH, and micronutrients.
  • Compare crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
  • Apply knowledge of government regulations when making agricultural recommendations.
  • Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
  • Draw or read maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Complex controlling devices
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
  • Seed drills
  • Seeder attachment
  • Sprayers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Map creation software
  • Presentation software
  • Word processing software

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