Precision agriculture technicians 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. They may use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.
Precision agriculture for development careers use field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS) to collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries and using geospatial technology, they develop soil sampling grids for testing characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium content, pH, or micronutrients.
Precision technicians require a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree with a considerable number of work-related skills, knowledge, precision agriculture training and experience. The skills required include mathematics, science, active learning, judgement and decision making, problem-solving, operation monitoring, systems evaluation, reading comprehension and communication.
They should know about food production, mathematics, biology, geography, engineering and technology, computers and electronics, administration and management.
Precision technicians and precision agriculture careers involve work in government and private research centres, laboratories and universities, and an agricultural specialist salary is commensurate to the nature of the work.
To be a successful precision technician, one should excel in technology as modern agriculture uses a lot of technology, should be capable of analytical and critical thinking and pay attention to details provide excellent customer services.
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