Information Package / Course Catalogue
Precision Farming and Its Practises
Course Code: ZTM539
Course Type: Area Elective
Couse Group: Second Cycle (Master's Degree)
Education Language: Turkish
Work Placement: N/A
Theory: 3
Prt.: 0
Credit: 3
Lab: 0
ECTS: 7
Objectives of the Course

The objectives of this course are to gain fundamental understanding of precision agriculture; know and use appropriate hardware and software tools; experience in creating and using prescription maps; effectively use data in management decisions; and have a vision of precision agriculture applications in other countries.

Course Content

Global positioning systems, Geographical positioning systems , Yield monitoring and mapping systems, the meaning of variability in agriculture, sampling methods and tools concerning heterogeneity, soil electrical conductivity, remote sensing, variable rate application technology, prescription maps and related software, auto steering systems, agro robots.

Name of Lecturer(s)
Learning Outcomes
1.To develop an understanding of using global positioning systems and their use in precision agriculture
2.To develop an understanding of measuring and mapping soil/crop properties and getting experience on using hardware and software
3.To develop an understanding of geographical information systems
4.To gain experience on creating “Prescription Map” for variable rate application
5.To identify agro-robots and their potential
6.To have information on precision agriculture technologies and their application in the world and their future
Recommended or Required Reading
1. Uzaktan Algılamada Temel Kavramlar, Atilla Sesören, Mart Matbaacılık S.Ltd.Şti
2.Hassas Uygulamalı Tarım Teknolojisi, Vahit Kirişçi, M.Keskin, S.M.Say,S.G.Keskin, ISBN:975-591-066-2
3.Precision Farming- factors influencing profitability. 1999. Batte,M.T., Northern Ohio Crops Day meeting, Wood County,January 21,Ohio-USA
4.Precision Farming Adoption and Use in Ohio: 2003. Batte,M.T, and Arnholt,M.W., a case studies of six leading-edge adopters, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 38 (2003) 125-139
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
Week 1 - Theoretical
Introduction to precision agriculture and fundamentals of PA
Week 2 - Theoretical
Global positioning systems (GPS, DGPS, RTK GPS)
Week 3 - Theoretical
Geographical information systems
Week 4 - Theoretical
Yield monitoring and mapping
Week 5 - Theoretical
Spatial variability, sampling methods and tools (soil, crop etc.)
Week 6 - Theoretical
Soil electrical conductivity
Week 7 - Intermediate Exam
Midterm exam
Week 8 - Theoretical
Remote sensing (electromagnetic spectrum, spectral reflectance
Week 9 - Theoretical
Variable rate application technology
Week 10 - Theoretical
Variable rate application maps and software
Week 11 - Theoretical
GPS guided application (Auto steering and etc.)
Week 12 - Theoretical
Economical and environmental aspects of PA
Week 13 - Theoretical
Field robots
Week 14 - Theoretical
Indoor robots
Week 15 - Theoretical
The future
Week 16 - Final Exam
Final exam
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Type of AssessmentCountPercent
Midterm Examination1%40
Final Examination1%60
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesCountPreparationTimeTotal Work Load (hours)
Lecture - Theory143384
Assignment140228
Term Project102525
Midterm Examination120121
Final Examination120121
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)179
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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OÇ-1
4
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
OÇ-2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
OÇ-3
4
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4
4
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4
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4
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3
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3
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3
3
3
OÇ-5
4
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4
4
4
4
4
4
OÇ-6
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
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