By Erin WoodThe Lake Region State College Precision Ag club embarked on an ag career tour. The club visited the NDSU commodity trading room, Peterson Farms Seed, Tharalason Ethanol Plant, Case Steiger Tractor factory, John Deere electrical plant and Crystal Sugar in Hillsboro.
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.