The program areas below describe the research activities of the University of Georgia’s Integrative Precision Agriculture Team. Program areas may change with time as new areas of research begin while others transition from research to application.
Automation and Robotics
Increased computing power and speed has brought this development from the future to the present.
The availability of GPS and other precision ag technologies enables growers to collect geo-referenced spatial data related to different field operations.
This technology provides valuable information to growers allowing them to maximize productivity across the whole field.
Precision irrigation improves productivity and sustainability by addressing spatial as well as temporal variability of soil and crop water status.
Machinery Systems in precision agriculture includes different systems and technologies installed on agricultural machinery and equipment for precision application of crop inputs (seed, chemical, and fertilizer).
Precision Livestock/Poultry Farming with Machine Vision Systems
The United States is currently the world’s largest broiler producer and the second largest egg producer. Currently, poultry and egg productions are facing grand challenges of animal welfare concerns, food safety issues, and environmental impacts.
Remote Sensing involves using non-contact methods to gather information related to soil and plant material in agricultural fields. Remote sensing applications are typically classified according to the type of platform for data collection - satellite, aerial or ground.
Variable Rate technology allows variable rate application of crop inputs so they can be precisely matched with soil or crop requirements across a field. This technology includes sensors and a rate controller on application equipment to vary the amount of product based on a prescription map or sensed soil/crop properties in real-time.