Applies 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Collects information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
- Creates, layers, and analyzes maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
- Documents and maintains records of precision agriculture information.
- Compiles and analyzes geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, and weather conditions.
- Divides agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
- Develops soil sampling grids or identifies sampling sites, using geospatial technology, for soil testing on characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium content, pH, and micronutrients.
- Compares crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
- Applies knowledge of government regulations when making agricultural recommendations.
- Draws or reads maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
- Recommends best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.