Purdue Agriculture Precision Agriculture

Precision Agriculture​

Understanding the Science of Site-Specific Agriculture

Recipient of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Distance
Learning for Professional Development​

​​​Applying technology to crop production through mechanization, fertilizers, crop protection ​chemistry, genetics, and other innovations over the years has resulted in multiple-fold gains in productivity and efficiency. The application of information technology to crop production, known as precision agriculture, has already transformed many aspects of crop production and promises even more. Today's precision farming era took root in the 1990's, but its origins go back further from advancements in computer processing, data storage and transmission capabilities, global positioning systems, robotics, and much more.

Precision Agriculture is a fully online 12-week noncredit course that provides knowledge from which practitioners working in agriculture can better understand the science of site- specific farming to help themselves, their customers, and their companies. Designed for working professionals who must mix continuing education with work, family, and other responsibilities, participants in the course can access content 24/7 at their convenience on their computer, tablet or mobile device with an Internet connection.

The foundation of the twelve weekly modules is over 90 HD video lessons featuring leaders in precision agriculture, along with supplemental reading, graphics, glossaries, links to additional information, downloadable slides, and tests. Learners will want to plan on one to two hours of study each week. They may work ahead if desired. Through the combination of teaching techniques, this course connects with a variety of learning styles.

Course graduates receive a personalized certificate from Purdue Digital Education. Certified Crop Advisers also receive 18 continuing education units (CEUs).

A small sampling of statements by graduates on the anonymous end-of-course survey: 

“Great course. Good format. Learned new information.” 
 “I think it was well put together and managed.”
 “It was a great course. I will use this knowledge in my career. Thank you!!”
“Very good overview of precision agriculture with a lot of links for continued learning. Thanks!”
sample video lesson screenshot

Sample video lesson screenshot. One of nearly 90 video lessons.

For answers to your questions about Precision Agriculture content, please contact berickso@purdue.edu. For all other questions, including early registration discounts, contact benne122@purdue.edu. Tuition is listed on the registration site.​​


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