Precision agriculture is based on the ability to identify inter and intra-field variability and to use this information for more targeted crop management. By using resources more efficiently, precision agriculture can make agriculture more productive and sustainable. This volume reviews the key elements of and advances in precision agriculture technology and applications. Part 1 looks at monitoring techniques, including proximal soil and crop sensors and remote sensing technologies. The book then goes on to discuss how this information is processed to identify management zones and input targets as well as the delivery mechanisms required such as variable rate application and targeted spray technologies. The final part of the book surveys the wide range of applications of precision agriculture, from controlled traffic farming to site-specific nutrient and water management. With its distinguished editor and international team of subject experts, this will be a standard reference for crop scientists and agronomists as well as all those concerned with improving the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture.
Part 1: Precision agriculture technologies: information gathering 1. Proximal soil monitoring techniques Robin Gebbers, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Germany 2. Proximal crop sensor technologies Richard Ferguson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA 3. Airborne and satellite remote sensors for precision agriculture Chenghai Yang, ARS-USDA, USA 4. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in precision agriculture Chunhua Zhang, Algoma University, Canada Part 2: Precision agriculture technologies: information processing 5. Key challenges and methods in identifying management zones in precision agriculture Spyros Fountas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece 6. Modelling and decision support systems in precision agriculture Nicolas Tremblay, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada 7. Variable rate application (VRA) technologies in precision agriculture Ken Suddut, ARS-USDA, USA Part 3: Precision agriculture technologies: delivery systems 8. Spray technologies in precision agriculture Paul Miller, Silsoe Spray Applications Unit Ltd, UK 9. Advances in robotics/automation in precision agriculture Qin Zhang, Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) – Washington State University, USA, Joseph Dvorak, University of Kentucky, USA, and Timo Oksanen, Aalto University, Finland 10. Controlled traffic farming (CTF) in precision agriculture: Diogenes Antille, University of Southern Queensland, Australia Part 4: Applications 11. Precision tillage systemsPaul Carter, Washington State University, USA 12. Variable seeding systems for precision agriculture John Fulton, Ohio State University, USA 13. Site-specific nutrient/fertiliser management systems Newell Kitchen, ARS-USDA, USA 14. Site-specific irrigation systems Amir Haghverdi, University of California-Riverside, USA 15. Precision crop protection systems Erich-Christian Oerke, University of Bonn, Germany 16. Precision weed management systems Roland Gerhards, University of Hohenheim, Germany 17. Precision livestock farming and pasture management systems Mark Trotter, University of New England, Australia 18. The economics of precision agriculture Jess Lowenberg-Deboer, Purdue University, USA