Precision Agriculture Specialist

Precision Agriculture Specialist

Precision agriculture specialists provide support and technical assistance to growers who are using precision technologies on their farms. They implement actual work of grid and contour differential global positioning systems for soil sampling as well as developing informational and recommendation maps.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Implement actual work of differential global positioning systems
  • Implement variable rate application of lime and nutrients
  • Implement practical application of record keeping and nutrient management plans
  • Assist in marketing precision agriculture program to producers
  • Network with local government and extension leaders
  • Participate in meetings within sales area
  • Provide technical service and recommendations to patrons
  • Assist customers in installing and calibrating their precision equipment
  • Provide training for other retail employees in precision agriculture
  • Assist in handling customer concerns and complaints
  • Interpret satellite remote sensing to identify and map field variability
  • Prepare fertility, fungicide and seeding maps and recommendations
  • Use GPS and soil test zones, locate fields and perform soil sampling duties in field
  • Provide agronomic services in field using scouting apps or software
  • Understand and participate in the business plan and strategies
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics and a focus on sciences such as chemistry and biology.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, agronomy or agricultural business is required. Having your certified crop adviser certification may also be required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
There is the opportunity to work for precision equipment/software providers, agricultural retailers, cooperatives or even extension offices.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • International Society of Precision Agriculture     
  • Agricultural Retailers Association
  • Local Agribusiness Groups
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$54,000
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