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Three sessions offered to learn about Precision Agriculture

January 22, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Three sessions offered to learn about Precision Agriculture

The educational goal of Extension is assisting producers to adopt innovative and proven technologies in crop production to enhance water quality, soil health, environmental quality, and farm profits. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will be offering three sessions to help producers learn more about Precision Agriculture. They will be offered on Thursdays, February 6, March 26 and April 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex, Conference Rooms A and B, 20 East Morris Street, Bath.  The first session will be a basic introduction with intermediate and advanced levels to follow in the later sessions.

In this program Ali Nafchi, Ph. D., Precision Agriculture Specialist with Cornell University, will present the concepts of how Precision Agriculture decision-making tools can impact nutrient management decisions and profitability on farms.  Topics include:

Precision Agriculture (Introduction)
Why should producers be interested in precision agriculture?
Goals, Key Factors, Information, Technology, Management.

Components of Precision Agriculture Equipment
Key components, equipment, computer/controllers, sensors, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, satellite imagery, UAV’s

Agricultural management philosophy (PA perspective)
What is zone management?
Best management practices
Soil and Tillage Management

Precision soil sampling vs. grid sampling

Soil electrical conductivity (EC) and ways to measure it
Soil EC: Veris vs. EM38, EC vs. soil texture, and EC vs. Yield Maps

Site specific management /variable rate applications
Variable depth tillage control, variable seeding rate, automatic section control, variable rate irrigation, and variable irrigation based on soil texture

Map Principles
Why is map-making important?
Yield maps vs. prescription maps
Importance of yield monitors, yield monitoring components, calibration and factors that effect on it.

Introduction to NDVI
Characteristic of NDVI values
NDVI estimation and photo analysis

 Economics of using precision agriculture

Preferred methodology and benefits, evaluation

The sessions are free, but registration is requested. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County at 607-664-2300 to register. Visit www.PutKnowledgeToWork.org for more information.


January 22, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County


Steuben County Annex Building
20 E. Morris St.
Bath, NY 14810 United States
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