Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/12/2008
Publication Date: 7/20/2008
Citation: Delgado, J.A., Khosla, R., Berry, J. 2008. New Advances and Practices for Precision Conservation. Proc. of the Conference on Precision Agriculture in Denver, CO in 2008. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: During the next four decades soil and water conservation scientists will encounter some of their greatest challenges to maintain sustainability of agricultural systems stressed by global warming and increasing population growth, with higher food and biofuels demands. It has been reported that intensive agriculture without adequate soil and water conservation practices can potential reduce soil quality, lowering yields and increasing off-site transport of soil particles, nutrients, and agrochemicals that impact water bodies. Precision Conservation offers an alternative to integrate the use of spatial technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing (RS), and geographic information systems (GIS) and the ability to analyze spatial relationships within and among mapped data to develop management plans that account for the temporal and spatial variability of flows in the environment. Our paper will be presenting several advances in Precision Conservation during the last five years, and the potential application and use of these developments for new modified practices that can contribute to Precision Conservation across the landscape. These new technologies and new advances can help us connect flows across the landscape and allow us to improve our evaluation of connections between agricultural and non-agricultural areas, guiding implementation of the best viable management and conservation practices across the landscape for sustaining higher yields from intensive agriculture while maximizing environmental conservation.