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ERIC Number: EJ1133401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2168-8281
Elevating Precision Agriculture to New Heights
Smith, Kayla
Natural Sciences Education, v46 n1 Mar 2017
The world population is expected to reach 9.2 billion by the year 2050. Farmers are faced with the daily challenge of how to feed these people while availability of land and water is dwindling. The growth rates of global agricultural production and crop yields have slowed in the last couple of years, raising fears that the world may not be able to grow enough food and other commodities to ensure that future populations are adequately fed. Growers are constantly searching for ways to maximize their returns in a more efficient and sustainable manner to make up for the diminishing resources. To farm sustainably while still maximizing land productivity and managing input costs, farmers need more information than ever on their crops. Getting this information in a timely manner is critical, so many have turned to remote sensing. Remote sensing can detect plant disease, nitrogen levels, and overall crop health in a highly precise manner that is efficient and cost effective for growers. Remote sensing collects information about objects from a distance, typically from aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or satellite.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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