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Precision Agriculture Minor

Agriculture and Natural Resources
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2023
  • Required credits in this minor: 19
Enabled by the growing popularity and availability of high-tech precision equipment, farmers and producers have access to more data than ever before. When implemented properly, precision agriculture management can improve the profitability and sustainability of crop production. By combining theory and practice, and bridging the disciplines of agronomy, soils, agriculture machinery management, and geographic information systems, the precision agriculture minor provides students with the foundational skills necessary to design and implement precision agriculture practices.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Precision Agricultural Core
Take 9 or more course(s) totaling 19 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
· ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture (2.0 cr)
· ASM 3365 - Applications in Precision Agriculture Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3511 - Yield Monitoring and Data Interpretation (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3512 - Remote Sensing Applications in Precision Agriculture (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3513 - Precision Farming Data (1.0 cr)
· NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
· SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
· Choose one of the following:
· ASM 2250 - Agricultural Machinery Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications (3.0 cr)
 
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AGRO 3444 - Crop Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, including best cultural practices for crops of particular economic importance to the region. Oilseed, small grain, and specialty crops. Recommended prereq: AGRO 1183, SOIL 1293
ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to applications of precision agriculture. Making data-driven on-farm decisions using the knowledge and tools of crop science and agricultural engineering.
ASM 3365 - Applications in Precision Agriculture Laboratory
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to hands-on applications of precision agriculture. Examples include mapping fields, grid, and zone soil sampling techniques, yield monitor calibration, and creating and executing UAV flight plans. Recommended prerequisites: ASM 3360, NATR 2630
ASM 3511 - Yield Monitoring and Data Interpretation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Calibration of commercially available yield monitoring equipment. Operation fundamentals of various yield sensors. Interfacing sensors, data loggers, global position devices. Saving, storing, retrieving, pooling yield data. Working with data from multiple vendor models/formats. Use of commercially available software to make yield map interpretation. Recommended prereq: ASM 3360, 3365, NATR 2630
ASM 3512 - Remote Sensing Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of remote sensing and satellite imaging in monitoring/managing cropping system variability. Applications of commercial mapping and GIS software in processing/interpreting production scale economic variables. Recommended prereq: ASM 3360, 3365, NATR 2630
ASM 3513 - Precision Farming Data
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Cropping systems data in precision agriculture. On-farm input/output record keeping, profit analysis using commercial software. On-farm trials/testing of agronomic variables using precision agriculture technologies. Recommended prereq: ASM 3360, 3365, NATR 2630
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies. Recommended prereq: NATR 1244, MATH 1031
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Recommended prereq: Chem 1001
ASM 2250 - Agricultural Machinery Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Mechanical principles. Application of field machinery/power units to varying crop, soil, climatic conditions. Farm management decisions. Introduction to precision agriculture.
NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced principles/applications of geographic information systems. Nature/accuracy of geo-referenced data and methods of data capture, storage, retrieval, modeling, and digital map display. Includes semester-long lab project. Enforced prereq: NATR 2630