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Area of Study

Precision Agriculture

Overview

The precision agriculture program at Northeastern focuses on variable rate technology and equipment including: planters, sprayers, and center pivots, as well as equipment guidance and steering, yield monitors, UAV’s, and more.

Precision agriculture integrates information and production systems in order to increase and improve efficiencies as well as profitability on farms. In this program, students will learn how to incorporate technology in production agriculture by means of equipment and software. This hands on pathway exposes students to: GPS guidance and auto-steer technology, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), variable rate planting, rate controlled sprayers, yield monitors, and state of the art soil sampling systems.

Upon graduating with a Production Agriculture degree in Precision Agriculture, students will be prepared for a career in a wide array of positions including: crop consulting, precision farm management, equipment technicians, sales support, and more. Don’t settle for pure lecture based program, get hands on experience in precision agriculture at Northeastern Junior College.

Northeastern is making a large investment in our precision agriculture program because we see the value in teaching this technology to farmers, technicians, sales staff, agronomists, and anyone interested in production agriculture. Specifically, students will learn about agronomy, electrical and hydraulic systems which will all be incorporated into hands on learning with equipment such as: GPS receivers and monitors, RTK signal base stations, auto-steer systems, variable rate corn planters, rate controlled sprayers, yield monitors, unmanned aerial vehicles including quadcopters and fixed wing drones equipped with RBG, NIR, and thermal cameras, and soil moisture sensors.

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Whether you want to incorporate guidance or variable rate technologies on your own farm or if you want to have a full time job as a diagnostician in precision ag, this program is for you.