SPA500 Precision Agriculture (Technology & Data Acquisition) (8)

The subject covers the strengths and limitations of some of the latest technology used to acquire spatially registered agronomic data for crop management. These include: Global Positioning Systems (GPS), soil and plant sampling for biophysical and chemical status, soil conductivity (electromagnetic soil survey- EMSS, Veris Soil Conductivity-VSC), crop yield mapping and remote sensing.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be familiar with the latest in precision agriculturerelated technologies for crop management, their strengths and their limitations;
  • Understand key issues governing spatial and parametric accuracy of measurements acquired by each of the technologies;
  • Understand issues of data management for spatiallyregistered agronomic data.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Global Positioning Systems (GPS): Differential GPS (DGPS), Real-time Kinematic GPS (RTKGPS), accuracy, reliability; Data logging; Measuring & mapping soil characteristics: EM survey, Veris Survey, pit sampling, soil coring; Measuring & mapping plant characteristics: Plant sampling (N,P,K); Measuring & mapping productivity: Yield, Quality parameters; Remote Sensing: Optical, radar & microwave systems for quantitative & qualitative imaging of crop canopy & soil zones.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.