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Precision Agriculture Technicians - 19-4099.02

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Crop Specialist
  • Independent Crop Consultant
  • Nutrient Management Specialist
  • Physical Scientist
  • Precision Agriculture Specialist
  • Precision Farming Coordinator
  • Soil Fertility Specialist

SOC Occupation Groups

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Tasks

  • Advise farmers on upgrading Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment to take advantage of newly installed advanced satellite technology.
  • Analyze data from harvester monitors to develop yield maps.
  • Analyze geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, or weather conditions.
  • Analyze remote sensing imagery to identify relationships between soil quality, crop canopy densities, light reflectance, and weather history.
  • Apply precision agriculture information to specifically reduce the negative environmental impacts of farming practices.
  • Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Compare crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
  • Contact equipment manufacturers for technical assistance, as needed.
  • Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
  • Demonstrate the applications of geospatial technology, such as Global Positioning System (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying equipment, or computer mapping software.
  • Divide agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
  • Document and maintain records of precision agriculture information.
  • Draw or read maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
  • Identify areas in need of pesticide treatment by analyzing geospatial data to determine insect movement and damage patterns.
  • Identify spatial coordinates, using remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
  • Install, calibrate, or maintain sensors, mechanical controls, GPS-based vehicle guidance systems, or computer settings.
  • Participate in efforts to advance precision agriculture technology, such as developing advanced weed identification or automated spot spraying systems.
  • Prepare reports in graphical or tabular form, summarizing field productivity or profitability.
  • Program farm equipment, such as variable-rate planting equipment or pesticide sprayers, based on input from crop scouting and analysis of field condition variability.
  • Provide advice on the development or application of better boom-spray technology to limit the overapplication of chemicals and to reduce the migration of chemicals beyond the fields being treated.
  • Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
  • Use geospatial technology to develop soil sampling grids or identify sampling sites for testing characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium content, pH, or micronutrients.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on the development or use of new technologies.
  • Analyze environmental data.
  • Analyze geological or geographical data.
  • Apply knowledge or research findings to address environmental problems.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Collect geographical or geological field data.
  • Conduct climatological research.
  • Develop agricultural methods.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Prepare maps.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Research crop management methods.

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