Precision Agriculture Class Visits SUNY Cobleskill


On Friday, May 19, students from Mr. Smith’s Precision Agriculture course visited SUNY Cobleskill to get hands-on experience in the world of precision agriculture. Bruce Wright, a professor at SUNY Cobleskill for 40 years, provided the students with an overview of how precision technologies work in precision agriculture. Professor Wright explained how GPS signals are corrected to make them more accurate. An uncorrected GPS signal has an accuracy of approximately eight to ten inches, and we can correct that to one inch of accuracy! One inch of accuracy is still not accurate enough for some of the implements that are currently being used in precision agriculture. Some producers are combining GPS and cell phone signals to get accuracies to the sub-inch. Students got to see the intricacies of a precision agriculture system outside of the tractor. They saw the “highway” of wires going from control modules, computers, monitors, and steering components. After learning about how these parts interacted students experienced precision agriculture in action. Students experienced a twenty-year-old tractor retrofitted with a precision agriculture system. This tractor followed a straight line and then was set to follow that line thirty feet apart. Students also experienced a 2017 tractor that comes equipped with the precision equipment. This tractor followed a curved line and then would follow thirty-foot rows from that line. The experience with SUNY Cobleskill gave students an experience that they were not able to have in the classroom and we would like to thank SUNY Cobleskill for allowing us that opportunity.