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Apply geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems GIS and Global Positioning System GPS , to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. May use computers to develop or analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather.

Work Activities
  • Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Use geospatial technology to develop soil sampling grids or identify sampling sites for testing characteristics such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium content, pH, or micronutrients.
  • Document and maintain records of precision agriculture information.
  • Demonstrate the applications of geospatial technology, such as Global Positioning System (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying equipment, or computer mapping software.
  • Identify spatial coordinates, using remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
  • Apply precision agriculture information to specifically reduce the negative environmental impacts of farming practices.
  • Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history.
  • Analyze data from harvester monitors to develop yield maps.
  • Install, calibrate, or maintain sensors, mechanical controls, GPS-based vehicle guidance systems, or computer settings.
  • Analyze geospatial data to determine agricultural implications of factors such as soil quality, terrain, field productivity, fertilizers, or weather conditions.
  • Contact equipment manufacturers for technical assistance, as needed.
  • Program farm equipment, such as variable-rate planting equipment or pesticide sprayers, based on input from crop scouting and analysis of field condition variability.
  • Draw or read maps, such as soil, contour, or plat maps.
  • Prepare reports in graphical or tabular form, summarizing field productivity or profitability.
  • Compare crop yield maps with maps of soil test data, chemical application patterns, or other information to develop site-specific crop management plans.
  • Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
  • Divide agricultural fields into georeferenced zones, based on soil characteristics and production potentials.
  • Analyze remote sensing imagery to identify relationships between soil quality, crop canopy densities, light reflectance, and weather history.
  • Provide advice on the development or application of better boom-spray technology to limit the overapplication of chemicals and to reduce the migration of chemicals beyond the fields being treated.
  • Identify areas in need of pesticide treatment by analyzing geospatial data to determine insect movement and damage patterns.
  • Advise farmers on upgrading Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment to take advantage of newly installed advanced satellite technology.
  • Participate in efforts to advance precision agriculture technology, such as developing advanced weed identification or automated spot spraying systems.
Skills
  • Active Listening

    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Critical Thinking

    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Reading Comprehension

    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
5
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • Deductive Reasoning

    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

  • Inductive Reasoning

    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

  • Oral Comprehension

    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Knowledge
  • English Language

    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Computers and Electronics

    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • Food Production

    Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $50,040/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.06/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 1,560
  • Yearly Projected Openings 70
Typical Education
Personality
Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Persistence
Tools
  • Sprayers
  • Seeder attachment
  • Seed drills
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
  • Complex controlling devices
Technology
  • Word processing software
  • Office suite software
  • Map creation software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
  • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.