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Drones in Agriculture: Precision Farming


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15 Hours




Start Dates

July 31, 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. This microcredential explores the types of drones used in agricultural applications and discusses topics such as drone imaging to assist field analysis.

Microcredentials in this series:

What will you learn?

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

  1. Identify types of drones used in agricultural applications.
  2. Explore topics such as using drone imaging (LIDAR, photographic, etc.) to assist in field analysis.
  3. Examine AI techniques (week propagation, crop progress, water location issues, etc.).

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

Precision farming practices using the latest techniques and technologies address various aspects of carbon footprint and clean technologies. For example, using data on field conditions and states of weed growth, the 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.