University of Florida

AOM 5435
Advanced Precision Agriculture

Semester Taught - Fall, even years

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Principles and applications of technologies supporting precision farming and natural resource data management planning. Global positioning system (GPS), geographic information system (GIS), variable rate technologies (VRT), data layering of independent variables, field sensors and computer software for precision farming.

Pre-requisites/Co-requisites

Graduate student standing or permission of instructor.

Course Objectives

This course covers information and technologies that are used for precision farming and their applications. In this course we would like to:

  • Describe what precision agriculture is and why it is needed,
  • Explain principles and applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS),
  • Describe what yield monitoring system is,
  • Identify current remote sensing technologies,
  • Become familiar with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software and be able to utilize it,
  • Explore principles and applications of variable rate technologies,
  • Be able to identify sensing technology for precision agriculture, and
  • Apply precision agriculture to a real situation.

Instructor

Dr. Wonsuk "Daniel" Lee
Office: Frazier Rogers Hall, Room 227
Phone:(352) 392-1864 Ext. 227
E-mail: wslee@ufl.edu
Web Site: http://www.abe.ufl.edu/wlee

Material/Supply Fees

$30.00

Class Materials Required

Textbook

The Precision-Farming Guide for Agriculturists (Be sure to purchase a copy of the second edition published in 2003) Morgan and Ess, Deere & Company, 1997 & 2003
ISBN number: 0-86691-287-8

Course Web Site

http://www.abe.ufl.edu/wlee/teaching.html and http://lss.at.ufl.edu . Course lecture notes will be available in this WebCT course web site.

Course Outline

Various tools for precision agriculture will be presented:

  • Introduction to precision agriculture
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Soil sampling
  • Yield monitoring/mapping
  • Remote sensing
  • Variable Rate Technology

During the second half of the course, more in-depth topics will be covered such as yield calculation and yield map generation, soil property measurements (spectrophotometer and other devices), comparison of yield and soil test results, sensors for site specific application, VRT system calibration and map generation based on recommended equations, economics and profitability of precision agriculture, precision farming advantages & disadvantages, development of site specific management plans, etc.

Homework will be assigned most class periods. Homework should be turned in, but will not be graded. The benefit from doing the assigned homework will come from knowing how to do the quizzes and tests.

Laboratory assignments will be handed out every laboratory session. Laboratory assignments should be typed when submitted. Homework and lab assignments are due at the beginning of the class. No late submission will be accepted.

Term project: Project topics will be discussed during the class. Each student will present his/her work during class period at the end of the semester. See your instructor for important due dates for the project.

Final Exam: It will be comprehensive over the entire course.

Attendance at lectures and laboratory hours is required.

Grading

Grading Scale
A 91-100%
B+ 86-90.9
B 81-85.9
C+ 76-80.9
C 71-75.9
D+ 66-70.9
D 61-65.9
E <60.9
Grading Method Percentage
Mid-Term 20%
Quiz 10%
Homework 5%
Laboratories 10%
Final Exam 30%
Term Project (Total 25%)  
Term Project Outline 5%
Term Project Progress Report 5%
Term Project Final Written Report 15%

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/process/student-conduct-honor-code.  

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.