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Precision Agriculture: Precision Resource Management - Phase V
T.S. Stombaugh, M. Arthur, C.T. Agouridis, C. Barton, S. Fei, J.H. Grove
Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
SP1: Results of this investigation will provide a solution to improve harvesting operation efficiency and safety by having a better control over the process of transferring the grain from the combine to the grain cart. A great benefit will come to small and medium sized producers that may already have adopted automatic guidance to a certain extent but would not be able to fully take advantage of more than one high accuracy steering system.
SP2: Agricultural producers will benefit from enhanced yield monitor systems which can provide accurate data for creating improved yield maps. Accurate yield maps can be used by producers as management tools to reduce crop, fertilizer and chemical expenditures by avoiding over or under application of crop inputs.
SP3: The proposed system will provide a new method for variable rate pesticide application on an individual nozzle basis creating a means to eliminate off-rate pesticide application errors resulting from changes in sprayer speed and velocity variations across the spray boom.
SP4: This project will benefit corn producers by helping them to determine if this NIR/NDVI sensing technology is useful in their production systems. A significant reduction in nitrogen on one million acres of corn in Kentucky would greatly increase nitrogen use efficiency and reduce the chances of nitrogen in the surface and groundwater.
SP5: A functional spatial classification system that both defines and delimits critical crop residue management areas for residue removal, or preservation, could be used by stakeholders (landowners, policymakers, regulators) interested in guiding and prioritizing implementation of practices designed to maximize agriculture's contribution to renewable fuel production while also reserving land resources.
SP6: This work will provide stakeholders with a web-based tool for visualizing land-assessment information. The accompanying educational material that is developed will help insure that citizens are trained to use these datasets to make better land-use decisions. We intend to leverage this funding to seek extramural support for the expansion of this work to other Kentucky counties.
SP7: A better understanding of the hydrology of headwater seeps will aid the KSNPC, Daniel Boone National Forest and other land managers in their efforts to manage and preserve these rare ecosystems. It is anticipated that the results of the proposed study will determine if enhancement or restoration activities are needed to maintain the hydrologic character and habitat of these sites.
SP8: The increasing use of prescribed fire as a management tool in the central hardwood and southern Appalachian forest regions will require improved monitoring to evaluate changes to forest vegetation across the landscape.
SP9: This project will connect the theoretical research of invasive ecology with on-the-ground invasive management activities by identifying and prioritizing urgent invasive control hotspot areas with a scientific-based analysis of invasive distribution, spread, and ecosystem invasibility and importance.