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:
Why should producers be interested in precision agriculture?
Goals, Key Factors, Information, Technology, Management.
Precision Agriculture Equipment
Key components, equipment, computer/controllers, sensors, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, satellite imagery, UAV’s
management philosophy (PA perspective)
What is zone management?
Best management practices
Soil and Tillage Management
Precision soil sampling vs. grid sampling
electrical conductivity (EC) and ways to measure it
Soil EC: Veris vs. EM38, EC vs. soil texture, and EC vs. Yield Maps
management /variable rate applications
Variable depth tillage control, variable seeding rate, automatic section control, variable rate irrigation, and variable irrigation based on soil texture
Why is map-making important?
Yield maps vs. prescription maps
Importance of yield monitors, yield monitoring components, calibration and factors that effect on it.
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.
Steuben County Office Building Annex
20 E.Morris St
Bath, New York 14810
Last updated March 17, 2020