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Changing the cost of farming: new tools for precision farming
Author(s): Kim Fleming; Penelope Nagel
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Paper Abstract

There are ongoing economic pressures in production agriculture to increase crop yields. However, high grain yield production comes at a cost of applying significant quantities of various agricultural inputs, i.e. nutrients, pesticides and irrigation. In traditional farming systems, producers attempt to apply these inputs at a uniform rate across a given field. However, due to inherent spatial variability in fields, not all areas may require the same levels of input. Although the spatial and temporal variability of yield limiting factors discussed above has been recognized for a long time (Rennie and Clayton, 1960; Malo and Worcester, 1975; Robert et al., 1990), farmers continued to manage their fields uniformly because they lacked the technology to manage for variability. With the introduction of new precision farming technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and variable rate application technology (VRT) farmers now have the ability to manage their fields site specifically.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10661, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XL, 106610G (23 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2327023
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Kim Fleming, Persistence Data Mining (United States)
Penelope Nagel, Persistence Data Mining (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10661:
Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XL
Douglas Burleigh; Jaap de Vries, Editor(s)

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