Precision Agriculture

Students from the Site Specific Crop Management course visit with ARDC Director Mark Schroeder about Precision Ag Technology use at that facility.

Precision Agriculture (PA) information found throughout this site is designed for crop producers, agricultural consultants, extension educators and other agricultural professionals. 

Numerous economic and environmental benefits may be realized by strategically applying PA management principles including:

  • Enhanced product quality
  • Increased agricultural profitability and sustainability
  • Protecting the environment
  • Optimized use of agricultural pesticides, fertilizers, seeds, water, energy and other crop amendments
  • Improving the well-being of those who depend upon Nebraska agriculture

SSCM Components:

Satellite-Based Auto-Guidance - Satellite-based auto-guidance systems can provide significant benefits for the crop production industry. Improved equipment make it possible to use satellite-based auto guidance in diverse growing environments.

Yield Monitoring and Mapping - Yield mapping refers to the process of collecting georeferenced data on crop yield and characteristics, such as moisture content, while the crop is being harvested. Various methods, using a range of sensors, have been developed for mapping crop yields.

On-the-Go Vehicle-Based Soil Sensors  - Sensors can measure a variety of soil properties. These sensors are used in conjunction with GPS to develop field maps or to control variable rate application equipment in real-time.

Site-Specific Management of Soil pH - A series of freqently asked questions (FAQs) are addressed.

Soil Sampling for Precision Agriculture - Soil sampling is an important component of a site-specific management system. Sampling principles and recommendations are discussed.

Site-Specific Nitrogen Management for Irrigated Corn - Recent research in site-specific nitrogen management and recommendations for how irrigated corn producers in Nebraska might implement this technology on their farms

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The Economic Evaluation of Input Use Prescription Maps: Are You Paying to Make Less Profit? July 17, 2019

This Cornhusker Economics article discusses a method of verifying the economic profitability of site-specific prescription maps using an on-farm field experiment and statistical and economic analysis.

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Precision Ag Conference to Feature Latest Technologies January 18, 2019

Topics at the January 31 conference in Kearney will include precision economics, nutrient and water management, data collection, and precision equipment.

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How University Ag Researchers, Extension are Wrangling Big Data February 2, 2018

Farmers get bits of data, layers of data, in fact so much data it can be hard to interpret and use to make relevant farm management decisions. Read how faculty in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources are helping farmers understand and use all kinds of big data to aid management decisions.

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Figure 1. Precision ag technologies including variable rate planting and liquid fertilizer application (pictured above) can be used to automatically carry out on-farm research using yield monitor data collected during harvest. (Photo by Joe Luck)

Learn about On-Farm Precision Ag Research Project Jan. 10 December 21, 2017

Learn what farmers are learning from a university research project using GPS-guided precision ag technology at a Jan. 10 meeting in Grand Island. Growers are currently being sought to participate in the project for 2018.

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Precision Ag Training Aug. 2 - Learn How to Optimize Your Tech July 21, 2017

 Utilizing precision ag technologies effectively can streamline production efficiencies. Attend Nebraska Extension’s Aug. 2 Precision Ag Clinic to view field demonstrations and learn more about how to collect and decipher your data.

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