Purdue University

Precision Agriculture
June 13 - September 5, 2018


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 1990s, but its origins go back further from advancements in computer processing, data storage and transmission capabilities, global positioning systems, robotics, and much more.

While the capabilities of precision agriculture have progressed dramatically in recent years, an inability to understand and apply these to benefit crop production can greatly limit utility. Change has come so fast that many involved in crop production are unfamiliar with, or uncomfortable working around, an often intimidating array of sensors, wires, controllers, monitors, and computer programs. Variability within a field can be quantified, and knowing what causes variability and how to remedy it will allow us to reduce inputs and increase yields.

Precision Agriculture is a fully online 12-week course that provides knowledge from which practitioners working in agriculture can better understand the science of site-specific agriculture to help themselves, their customers, and their companies succeed. Designed for working professionals who must mix continuing education with work, family, and other responsibilities, participants in the course can access content at their convenience on their computers, tablets, and mobile devices.

The foundation of the course is dozens of high-definition video lessons featuring leaders in precision agriculture, along with supplemental reading, graphics, glossaries, and tests. Participants will want to plan on one to two hours of study each week. Through the combination of teaching techniques, this course connects with all learning styles and was specifically designed to meet the needs of off-campus learners. Course graduates receive certificates of completion as well as continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers.

Early registration may mean discounted tuition. To learn more, contact janblack@purdue.edu.

For questions on program content, email Dr. Bruce Erickson

Full Tuition: $2000

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If you work for an agricultural business, check with us or with your company for discounts we offer for company funded tuition from participating companies. For individuals who are self-funding their tuition, contact our project manager for possible discount information: janblack@purdue.edu

A series of emails will be sent as you complete the registration process. An email from confirm@purdue.edu will serve as your receipt for payment. The next email from certificateprograms@purdue.edu will be sent with the link to the course materials. If you do not receive both of these emails within 10 minutes of payment, please check your junk email to see if your spam filters have stopped our system generated emails from getting into your Inbox.

If you have any registration questions or cannot access the course, please email digitaleducation@purdue.edu or call 765-494-8619. You will receive information about the course and your participation prior to the beginning of the course.

No sections currently available.