GIS Applications in Agriculture

Francis J. Pierce, David Clay

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February 13, 2007 by CRC Press
Reference - 224 Pages - 109 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420007718 - CAT# E7526
Series: GIS Applications in Agriculture

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  • Provides an outline of how management recommendations are developed and how a ground-based active sensor can be used
  • Examines the impacts of human activities on soil nutrient variability and provides exercises of calculating sampling requirements for NO3-N and soil test P and K
  • Presents a case study demonstrating an approach for determining management zones
  • Demonstrates the application of map quality assessment techniques for site-specific management and examines the cost benefits of site-specific weed management
  • Describes the use of a mobilized EM-GPS system to assess soil salinity in agricultural fields and details methods to incorporate remote-sensing data into a GIS environment to create soil salinity maps
  • Features a case study on the application of GIS to the production of sugarbeets, an early success story in precision agriculture
  • Summary

    The increased efficiency and profitability that the proper application of technology can provide has made precision agriculture the hottest developing area within traditional agriculture. The first single-source volume to cover GIS applications in agronomy, GIS Applications in Agriculture examines ways that this powerful technology can help farmers produce a greater abundance of crops with more efficiency and at lower costs.

    Each chapter describes the nature of a problem, examines the purpose and scope of a GIS application, presents the methods used to develop the application, and then goes on to provide results and offer a conclusion as well as supporting information. When appropriate, the chapters present the underlying statistical approach for the GIS software that is used.  Applicable data sets and color maps produced by use of GIS are included for download at the CRC webiste.

    Concentrating more on the approach and less on the specific software, the authors describe the methods used to develop an application and discuss limitations to the algorithms and the programming code used. They then summarize the application in terms of what it does, how it works, its limitations, and its potential uses. The book provides a toolkit for the acquisition, management, and analysis of spatial data throughout the agriculture value chain.


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