Orientation Date: June 5, 2013
Class Dates: June 12 - July 31, 2013
Dates are subject to change
Precision Agriculture for Practitioners provides a base-level understanding of the technology that drives precision farming, but also takes that to the field level so that learners can understand and apply practical applications in the regions and with the crops with which they work. The course is a non-credit course taught online using distance education technologies. All lectures are recorded and posted to the class website to be viewed at a later time if you are not able to take part in the live lecture. Quizzes will be due by the Monday following the next class (or 12 days later). There are no minimum requirements needed to register for this course. Students who complete all eight quizzes can request a certificate of completion for this course.
Costs: $295.00 per individual
CEUs: Full participants in the course, who are certified, will automatically receive board approved CEUs. CCAs and CPAgs will receive 12.0 CEUs with 3.0 in Nutrient Management, 1.0 in Soil and Water Management and 8.0 in Crop Management. CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 12.0 CEUs in Professional Meetings. Lecture quizzes must be passed in order to receive the CEUs for this course.
Course Description: Precision Agriculture for Practitioners provides a base-level understanding of the technology that drives precision farming, but also takes that to the field level so that learners can understand and apply practical applications in the regions and with the crops with which they work. Upon completion, the learner should have a solid grasp of Global Positioning Systems and GPS correction, how guidance systems work, collecting, integrating, and utilizing site-specific information such as soil test data, remote sensing, yield monitor, electrical conductivity, and soil mapping information, using variable rate technology for seeding, fertilization, and pest management, spatial data analysis, and the forces that drive precision farming economics and adoption.
The course is taught using distance education technology, but a variety of practical examples and case situations will be woven into content delivery to maximize understanding and its application in the field. Whether you are personally involved in production agriculture, advising farmers as an agricultural retailer or consultant, a representative for an agricultural business or government agency, or just looking to build your expertise, this course will cover topics that should be of direct interest to you.
Summer 2013 Course Syllabus (See the Summer 2013 syllabus for the course content and structure.)
Course Facilitator Bio: Precision Agriculture for Practitioners will utilize the recognized experts in each topic area to deliver the instruction for each lesson. Bruce Erickson will assist with the instruction and will facilitate each lesson.
Bruce Erickson is a Certified Professional Agronomist employed by the American Society of Agronomy as their Agronomic Education Manager, and is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University. Erickson’s areas of expertise include corn and soybean production, remote sensing and its application in precision agricultural practices, instructional design, and competency-based education and assessment. Erickson grew up on an Iowa farm, completed his undergraduate work at Iowa State University in Agronomy, then began his professional career as an agronomist with Pioneer Hi-Bred. After completing his Master’s at Iowa State in Crop Production and Physiology and his PhD in Agronomy at Purdue, Erickson was on the staff of the Purdue Department of Agronomy where he taught the introductory agronomy course and played a leading role in developing and maintaining the performance objective documents and the minimum proficiency exams for the International Certified Crop Adviser Program (CCA). For three years Erickson served as Senior Technical Designer at Agri Business Group in Indianapolis (now Adayana), an agricultural consulting company. Most recently Erickson was Director of Cropping Systems Management and Associate Director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, where he coordinated the Top Farmer Crop Workshop, and worked extensively with precision farming and crop production economics research and Extension.
Dr. Brian Arnall, Assistant Professor, Precision Nutrient Management, Oklahoma State University
Terry Brase, Professor, Agriculture Geospatial Technology, Kirkwood Community College
Dr. Dave Franzen, Extension Soil Specialist, North Dakota State University
Dr. John Fulton, Asociate Professor and Extension Specialist, Auburn University
Dr. José Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Extension, Precision Agriculture Center, University of Minnesota
Dr. John F. Nowatzki, Agricultural Machine Systems Specialist, North Dakota State University
Wade Stewart, Technical Training Manager, Ag Division at Trimble Navigation
Participants may request a refund of their registration fee according to the following schedule:
Notification prior to the orientation date: Registration fee minus a $50.00 cancellation fee.
Notification after the first class: Registration fee minus a $100.00 cancellation fee.
Notification after the second class: Registration fee minus a $150.00 cancellation fee.
Notification after the third class: Non-refundable registration fee.
We use GoTo Meeting software to provide class instruction. The system requirements to use GoToMeeting can be found at http://support.citrixonline.com/GoToMeeting/help_files/GTM010003#Wha.
As the information to access the seminar will be sent to you, you must have an email on file with us. If you are unsure if we have an email for you, check your profile at https://www.agronomy.org/account/ or https://www.soils.org/account/ - note that a login with email is required to access this information. The seminar will be conducted online. However, participants may dial-in via their phone line (at their cost - the dial-in number will not be an 800 number). All participants will need internet access and your computer must be equipped with a soundcard and internal or external speakers. For those attendees wishing to access the seminar via phone only, you will still need to login prior to the seminar to access the dial-in number.
If you have any questions, please contact Michele Lovejoy, e-mail: email@example.com or phone: 608-268-4947.
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