Type: Book

Precision agriculture for sustainability


Formerly a scientist at the internationally-renowned Silsoe Research Institute, Dr John Stafford is well known as a leader in precision agriculture technologies. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, Co-Editor of the journal Precision Agriculture and past President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA).



Publication date:

06 November 2018

Length of book:

514 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762047

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This volume reviews key advances in precision agriculture technology and applications. Chapters summarise developments in monitoring techniques, including proximal crop and soil sensors and remote sensing technologies. The book then goes on to discuss how this information is processed to identify management zones and input targets. Chapters also assesses advances in delivery mechanisms such as variable rate application and targeted spray technologies. The final part of the book surveys the wide range of applications of precision agriculture, from controlled traffic farming to site-specific nutrient and water management.

With its distinguished editor and international team of subject experts, this will be a standard reference for crop scientists and agronomists as well as all those concerned with improving the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture.

What others are saying...

"Congratulations to the authors for putting together a comprehensive collection of key themes in precision agriculture. When appropriately augmented with local material, specific to the country/production system of relevance, this text is a very valuable, foundational learning tool. First principles can only go so far. In a rapidly evolving sector, a survey of the latest developments in these key areas is a must for students, teachers and researchers alike."
Dr. B.A. Stewart, Director Dryland Agriculture Institute and Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, West Texas A&M University, USA

Table of contents

Part 1 Information gathering and processing
1.Proximal crop sensing: Richard B. Ferguson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA;
2.Proximal soil surveying and monitoring techniques: R. Gebbers, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Germany;
3.Airborne and satellite remote sensors for precision agriculture: Chenghai Yang, USDA-ARS, USA;
4.The use of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in precision agriculture: Chunhua Zhang, Algoma University, Canada; and John M. Kovacs and Dan Walters, Nipissing University, Canada;
5.Key challenges and methods in identifying management zones: Spyros Fountas, Evangelos Anastasiou and Zisis Tsiropoulos, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece; Aristotelis Tagarakis, BioSense Institute - Research Institute for Information Technologies in Biosystems, Serbia; and Athanasios Balafoutis, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Institute of Bioeconomy & Agro-technology, Greece;
6.Modelling and decision support systems in precision agriculture: Nicolas Tremblay, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada;

Part 2 Delivery systems
7.Variable-rate application technologies in precision agriculture: Ken Sudduth, USDA-ARS, USA; Aaron J. Franzen, South Dakota State University, USA; and Heping Zhu and Scott T. Drummond, USDA-ARS, USA;
8.Spray technologies in precision agriculture: Paul Miller, Silsoe Spray Applications Unit Ltd, UK;
9.Intelligent machinery for precision agriculture: Qin Zhang, Washington State University, USA; Joseph Dvorak, University of Kentucky, USA; and Timo Oksanen, Aalto University, Finland;
10.Controlled traffic farming in precision agriculture: Diogenes L. Antille, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Tim Chamen, Controlled Traffic Farming Europe Ltd, UK; Jeff N. Tullberg, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Bindi Isbister, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, Australia; Troy A. Jensen, Guangnan Chen and Craig P. Baillie, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; and John K. Schueller, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida-Gainesville, USA;

Part 3 Applications
11.Precision tillage systems: Pedro Andrade-Sanchez, University of Arizona, USA; and Shrinivasa K. Upadhyaya, University of California-Davis, USA;
12.Variable-rate seeding systems for precision agriculture: John Fulton, The Ohio State University, USA;
13.Site-specific nutrient management systems: Dan S. Long, USDA-ARS, USA;
14.Site-specific irrigation systems: Amir Haghverdi, University of California-Riverside, USA; and Brian G. Leib, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA;
15.Precision crop protection systems: E. C. Oerke, University of Bonn, Germany;
16.Precision weed management systems: Roland Gerhards, University of Hohenheim, Germany;
17.Precision livestock farming and pasture management systems: Mark Trotter, Central Queensland University Institute for Future Farming Systems, Australia;
18.The economics of precision agriculture: James Lowenberg-DeBoer, Harper Adams University, UK;