Precision Agriculture


Precision Agriculture Workshop Series

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The educational goal of Extension is assisting producers to adopt innovative and proven technologies in crop production to enhance water quality, soil health, environmental quality, and farm profits. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County will be offering three sessions to help producers learn more about Precision Agriculture. They will be offered on on February 4, February 18, and March 5 from 10:00am-12:00 p.m. at the 4-H Training Center, auditorium, 4487 Lake Avenue, in Lockport. The first session will be a basic introduction with intermediate and advanced levels to follow in the later sessions.

In this program Ali Nafchi, Ph. D., Precision Agriculture Specialist with Cornell University, will present the concepts of how Precision Agriculture decision-making tools can impact nutrient management decisions and profitability on farms. Topics include:

Precision Agriculture (Introduction)
Why should producers be interested in precision agriculture?
Goals, key factors, information, technology, management.

Components of Precision Agriculture Equipment
Key components, equipment, computer/controllers, sensors, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, satellite imagery, UAV's.

Agricultural management philosophy (PA perspective)
What is zone management?
Best management practices
Soil and tillage management

Precision soil sampling vs. grid sampling
Soil electrical conductivity (EC) and ways to measure it
Soil EC: Veris vs. EM38, EC vs. soil texture, and EC vs. yield maps

Site specific management/variable rate applications
Variable depth tillage control, variable seeding rate, automatic section control, variable rate irrigation, and variable irrigation-based on soil texture

Map Principles
Why is map-making important?
Yield maps vs. prescription maps
Importance of yield monitors, yield monitoring components, calibration and factors that effect on it.

Introductions to NDVI
Characteristic of NDVI values
NDVI estimation and photo analysis

Economics of using precision agriculture

Preferred Methodology and benefits, evalution

**The sessions are free to attend but please register by calling Amanda Henning at 433-8839 ext. 231 or by emailing her at**




Amanda Henning
Agriculture & Food Systems Educator
(716) 433-8839 ext. 231


CCE Niagara County
4487 Lake Avenue
Lockport, New York 14094

Last updated January 23, 2020