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Precision Agriculture

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree with 67 total credit hours
    • 20 credits of general education required
  • Offered at Devils Lake North Campus (1.4 miles north of main campus)
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

Program Description

The Precision Agriculture program offers core classes to include both theoretical and practical applications with extensive lab and hands on training, as well as general education requirements. Graduates are employed as precision technicians at implement dealerships, agronomy centers, independent precision service providers and many more. 

The demand on farmers to continuously produce more food, fiber, fuel and pharmaceuticals has made it increasingly necessary to become more efficient. The need for efficiency has spurred the adoption of various forms of precision agriculture technologies. The variability in North Dakota soil and other northern plains states demands that fields be managed as small areas and treated differently according to their individual characteristics. The technology that precision agriculture offers collects immense amounts of data that assists in making field management decisions.

Students will learn skills in:

  • General agronomy
  • Crop production
  • Soils and soil fertility
  • GIS
  • GPS

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Course Overview

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)



AGEC 242 Introduction to Agricultural Management 3
AGEC 250 Agribusiness Sales 3
AGRI 265 Agricultural Electronic Devices and Systems 3
AGRI 275 Introduction to Precision Agriculture 3
AGRI 280 Advanced Precision Agriculture: Fall Operations 3
AGRI 285 Precision Agriculture Systems Software 2
AGRI 290 Advanced Precision Agriculture: Spring Operations 3
AGRI 297 Precision Agriculture Field Experience 3
ASM 130 Agriculture Industry Machinery Operation 2
ASM 220 Agricultural Systems Management Computer Science 2
BIOL 130 Introduction to Biological Chemistry 4
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
MATH 103 College Algebra 3
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics 3
PLSC 223 Introduction to Weed Science 4
PLSC 225 Principles of Crop Production 3
*PLSC 235 Field Scouting Techniques 3
SOIL 210 Introduction to Soil Science 3
SOIL 222 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers 3
General Education Humanities and/or Social Sciences 6

*Note: PLSC 235 fulfills the HPER general education requirement.

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  • Act as an advocate for farmers or farmer's groups
  • Collaborate with producers in order to diagnose and prevent management
    and production problems
  • Collect and evaluate data in order to determine community program needs
  • Conduct agricultural research, analyze data, and prepare research reports
  • Conduct field demonstrations of new products, techniques, or services
  • Set and monitor production targets


What is Precision Agriculture?

Like the human fingerprint, every field has its own unique properties. Precision Agriculture determines which agronomic practices are the most beneficial to maximize crop yield on a field-specific basis. Sensors provide information of soil properties, crop conditions and yield data. Global positioning systems (GPS) match the data with field location. Computer technology is used to efficiently manage data that can be used in planning tillage, planting, chemical applications, harvesting and post-harvest.

Learn more about the Dakota Precision Ag Center projects, answer farms and research
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