1st Edition

Precision Agriculture Technology for Crop Farming

Edited By Qin Zhang Copyright 2016
    382 Pages 16 Color & 157 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    382 Pages 16 Color & 157 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Explores the Sustainable Development of Agriculture in Technology

    Precision agriculture technology, when properly integrated into the crop production process, can greatly improve overall production and sustainability. Precision Agriculture Technology for Crop Farming focuses on the technology of site-specific crop management; detailing applications for sensing, data handling, modeling, and control. Written by experts who have contributed significantly to the development of precision agriculture technology, this book reviews its history—establishing background on the various processes and applications—describes the current status, and offers insight into the future technology of precision agriculture.

    Introducing processes and applications based on a global scale, the book reveals how precision agriculture can be used in large-scale agriculture, community agriculture, and diversified farming. It includes site-specific information from a variety of information sources for planning, planting, growing, and harvesting agricultural crops. It also presents a new concept based on the control system theory that can be used to formulate systematic methods for more effective precision crop production.

    In addition, this author:

    • Describes yield monitors and guidance systems, GPS-based soil sampling, real-time crop and soil sensors, and remote sensing

    • Evaluates a Japanese model of community-based precision agriculture aimed at high profitability and reliability under regional and environmental constraints

    • Highlights autonomous vehicles, field robots, and other intelligent machinery, emerging developments, and future technology in the field of production agriculture

    Precision Agriculture Technology for Crop Farming provides an overview of precision agriculture technology development, discusses current and future considerations, and aims to facilitate the successful integration of precision agriculture technology.

    A History of Precision Agriculture
    David Franzen and David Mulla
    Sensing Technology for Precision Crop Farming
    Marvin L. Stone and William R. Raun
    Data Processing and Utilization in Precision Agriculture
    Chunjiang Zhao, Liping Chen, Guijun Yang, and Xiaoyu Song
    Control of Precision Agriculture Production
    Qin Zhang
    Intelligent Agricultural Machinery and Field Robots
    Shufeng Han, Brian L. Steward, and Lie Tang
    Precision Agriculture in Large-Scale Mechanized Farming
    Chenghai Yang, Ruixiu Sui, and Won Suk Lee
    A Systems Approach to Community-Based Precision Agriculture
    Sakae Shibusawa
    Precision Agriculture in China: Sensing Technology and Application
    Hong Sun and Minzan Li
    Good Agricultural Practices, Quality, Traceability, and Precision Agriculture
    Josse De Baerdemaeker and Wouter Saeys
    State of the Art and Future Requirements
    Hermann Auernhammer and Markus Demmel


    Dr. Qin Zhang is the director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems and a professor of agricultural automation in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University (WSU). Before joining the faculty at WSU, he was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored two textbooks and six separate book chapters, edited two technical books and two conference proceedings, published 125 journal articles, presented more than 200 papers at professional conferences, and been awarded 10 U.S. patents. He is currently the editor in chief of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture.