Submitted to: International Symposium on Precision Agriculture
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/16/2001
Publication Date: 10/16/2001
Citation: Sudduth, K.A. 2001. Precision agriculture data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation: a Missouri perspective. In: Proceedings Third International Seminar on Data Collection and Analysis of the Field Information for Precision Agriculture. Suwon, Republic of Korea. pp. 45-86. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: In precision agriculture, or site-specific management (SSM), crop production practices and inputs such as seed, fertilizers, pesticides, and water, are variably applied. Input rates are based on estimates of the requirements for optimum production at each location. By matching inputs with crop needs, this strategy has potential for increasing the farmer's profits and for decreasing negative effects on the environment. A primary focus of the SSM approach is the collection and use of spatial data for improved decision-making. This paper reviews U.S. research progress in precision agriculture data acquisition, data analysis, and data interpretation. Projects carried out in Missouri by USDA Agricultural Research Service and University of Missouri scientists and engineers are highlighted. Results of many of these research efforts should be applicable to Korean agriculture and the implementation of SSM in Korea.