Production Quality And Environmental Management

1540 WordsDec 6, 20167 Pages
The definition of precision agriculture is still evolving as technology changes and our understanding of what is achievable grows. “Over the years, the emphasis has changed from simply farming by soil’’ (Buchan), through variable-rate technologies, to vehicle guidance systems and will evolve to product quality and environmental management. An important effect of precision farming is the high environmental benefit from using chemical and fertilization treatments only when and where they are necessary. These promotions of environmental stewardship are key components for the new approaches in agriculture. Precision agriculture is most often thought of as a method of farm management that uses advanced technology to allow the farmer to produce more efficiently, thereby realizing gains through economical use of resources. Ensuring food security and feeding a fast growing population with limited resources is a major challenge for today’s agriculturalists. However, producers are committed to succeeding by continuing to develop increasingly innovative and efficient products and solutions to revolutionize agriculture. Over the past few decades, as larger and faster farm machines have delivered the capability to manage expanding farms, farmers have, for the most part, continued to treat large fields as uniform elements. However, a new method of farming called precision agriculture is rapidly emerging. The United States Department of Agriculture defines precision agriculture as, “A
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