Precision Agriculture and the Land Grant University

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Precision Agriculture and the Land Grant University. Roger Brook and Tim Harrigan Agricultural Engineering Department Michigan State University Presentation at Michigan Agri-Business Association 66 th Annual Winter Conference and Trade Show January 12, 1999. What is Precision Agriculture?.
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Precision Agriculture and the Land Grant UniversityRoger Brook and Tim HarriganAgricultural Engineering DepartmentMichigan State UniversityPresentation at Michigan Agri-Business Association66th Annual Winter Conference and Trade ShowJanuary 12, 1999What is Precision Agriculture?“Doing the right thing, in the right place at the right time” ... for enhancing profitability and reducing environmental impact.Dr. Fran PierceCrop & Soil Sciences DepartmentMichigan State University.The Continuum of Knowledge and the Research Process
  • Disciplinary Knowledge
  • biological and physical sciences
  • Subject Matter Knowledge
  • implications of basic knowledgetechnology development; human capital
  • Problem Solving Knowledge
  • adaptive and demonstration researchA Century of Science in Agriculture: Lessons for Science Policy. J.T. Bonnen. Amer. J. of Agric. Economics 68(5)1066-1080. 1986.Land Grant Institutions: The Three-Legged Stool
  • On-Campus Education:
  • 15 colleges; CANR home to 14 academic dept.
  • MAES:
  • subject matter knowledge;300 scientists; 5 colleges, 15 field stations
  • MSUE:
  • problem solving knowledge;application of research to help specific peoplesolve specific problemsToday’s Situation: As a Research Institution
  • GOAL:Develop guidelines to maximize profitability and minimize environmental impact of production activities that utilize site-specific management principles and technologies
  • Growing List of Active Investigators
  • Multi-disciplinary Research Teams
  • corn & soybean; soybean cyst nematode; potato; alfalfaToday’s Situation:As an Extension Institution
  • Area of Expertise Teams:knowledge generation and delivery, recognizing that knowledge needed to address critical issues and to capitalize on opportunities is more complex and specialized
  • Precision Agriculture Training
  • GPS Basics Training (July 1998)MIMC (More Information – More Control) Exploring Aspects of Precision AgriculturePrecision Farming-Assessing Soil Variability Today’s Situation:Teaching Opportunities
  • Data Collection
  • sensors & instrumentation; VRT technology;computers and controllers; GPS technology;remote sensing
  • Data Management
  • software; databases; GIS; data analysis
  • Decision Making
  • application of agronomic & economic information;feedback to controllers and VRTOn-Campus Education:Available Options
  • Courses and degrees exist for disciplinary knowledge
  • agronomy, entomology, plant pathology
  • Specific problem-solving knowledge for precision agriculture
  • GIS; remote sensing
  • Potential for precision agriculture as a specialization option for any degree
  • Biosystems Technology ManagementPrepare graduates withstrong technical backgroundtempered by broad view of business and economicsTo apply knowledge of science. agriculture and natural resourcestechnology and managementTo problem solving in systems ofengineering and technologyagriculture and natural resourcesPrecision Agriculture and the Land Grant University
  • MSU, a Land Grant Institution, contributes
  • basic knowledgesubject matter knowledgeproblem solving knowledge
  • Precision agriculture has a place in many degree programs
  • Biosystems Technology Management
  • emphasis on computers, controls, sensors,machinery systems and spatial analysis
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