UNL Adds Precision Practicum

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be launching a precision agriculture practicum curriculum beginning August 31-September 2. The practicum will include hands-on precision agriculture experience for growers, consultants and other ag professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The practicum is currently structured to include three multiday sessions over a six month time period, and will allow participants to collaborate on projects online between face-to-face sessions. Subsequent sessions are scheduled for December and February.

The “Late Season Session” in August will include an introduction to equipment used at UNL’s Agricultural Research and Development Center and site-specific management capacity as well as an introduction to case study fields. Other topics to be covered include the following:

• Entry points to GPS auto-guidance, yield monitoring progressing to yield mapping, Google Earth, aerial imagery, county soil survey, Web Soil Survey, record-keeping.
• GPS principles
• Yield monitoring/mapping principles; data filtering
• Variable rate technology and control systems optimizing autosteer and swath control.
• On-the-go soil sensing
• Collection of active crop canopy sensor data
• Develop N recommendations
• Aerial and satellite imagery
• Group exercises

Trainers will include university specialists and educators as well as industry professionals. Sessions will be held at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC).

For more details visit the Precision Ag Practicum section of the UNL website.

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