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Farming Using Smart Technology: Precision Farming


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15 Hours




Start Dates

June 30, 2023

Registration Deadlines

December 30, 2023

About this microcredential

There are eight microcredentials within the Precision Farming series and they can be taken in any order or on their own.

Precision farming is a management concept that observes, measures, and responds to field variability in crops. Do this, precision farming uses the latest techniques and technologies to address the carbon footprint, clean technologies, and the environmental impact of farming. With the use of technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), the farmer can make decisions regarding practices such as land management, maintenance schedules, seeding, and others by using real-time data. The effect is a reduction in the use of sprays, fertilizers, carbon emissions, and the reduction of greenhouse gases. This microcredential investigates current legal status covering equipment owner access to data, provides descriptions of the types of analysis available and how to use it, and explores how the data from ‘smart’ equipment combined with analysis can be used to make future decisions to increase productivity, decrease emissions, reduce the carbon footprint, and to inform farming practices.

What will you learn?

Upon completion of this microcredential, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify the “smart” equipment available from manufacturers which describes the equipment capabilities and data being collected.
  2. Investigate current legal statutes covering equipment owner access to machine data.
  3. Investigate probable directions in legal changes regarding ownership of such data.

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Precision farming practices using latest techniques and technologies address various aspects of carbon footprint and clean technologies. For example, using data of field conditions and states of weed growth, latest sprayer technology can target spray weeds without carpet-spraying the entire field. By analyzing growth and temporal soil conditions, such as moisture content, and soil nutrient levels, targeted fertilizing can reduce overall fertilizer use thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is well known that much of the applied fertilizer runs off into waterways, or is broken down by microbes in the soil, releasing the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. By only targeting the field locations that require the fertilizer and applying only what is needed in those areas, the greenhouse threat is reduced. An understanding of how smart equipment can assist with the reduction of greenhouse gases, not only regarding fertilizer application but also pesticide use and seeding practices, is vital.