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Sensors for Agriculture: Precision Farming

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Length

15 Hours

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Languages

English

Start Dates

August 1, 2023

Registration Deadlines

March 15, 2024

About this microcredential

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

Various sensors can be found in today’s agricultural operations. This microcredential provides a summary of the range of IoT sensors, the technology required to utilize the sensors, and collection and storage of data.

Microcredentials in this series:

What will you learn?

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

  1. Summarize the range of IoT sensors utilized in agricultural operations.
  2. Discuss technology required to utilize IoT sensors.
  3. Examine data collection and storage to utilize for further analysis.

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 field conditions and states of weed growth data, 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.