Site-Specific Crop Management
Site-specific crop management, commonly known as precision agriculture, holds significant potential for agriculture. Precision agriculture uses innovative technologies and principles to identify and manage spatial and temporal variability in crop production. By focusing on variability in a specific site, such as a single field, precision agriculture promotes efficient use of fertilizers, pesticides, and other inputs. Efficient agricultural production systems increase farmers’ profitability and decrease the environmental impact of their operations. Therefore, continued advancement of precision agriculture fosters strong, healthy farming communities. Developing new techniques and technologies requires interdisciplinary efforts. Engineers design and construct the technology for measuring and delivering of site-specific activities. Natural scientists conduct field research to evaluate the efficacy of these developments and economists determine the financial impact. Industry representatives also play a critical role by developing and marketing developments. NCERA-180 provides a committee that seamlessly integrates these different groups into a single, cohesive unit.
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