Thousands of years ago, agriculture began as a highly site-specific activity.
The first farmers were gardeners who nurtured individual plants, and they sought out the microclimates and patches of soil that favored those plants.
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Like weather, scale is important for precision agriculture.
Like the sciences and technologies supporting it, precision agriculture tips the scales towards better crop management and more profitable production.
Monitoring Against Drought, Disease, and Nutrient Stress
Crop monitoring for nutrients, water-stress, disease, insect attack and overall plant health is a vital aspect of successful agricultural operations.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, and NOAA are among key agencies contributing to this revolution in large-scale agriculture.
The goal is to improve farmers’ profits and harvest yields while reducing the negative impacts of farming on the environment that come from over-application of chemicals.