Precision Agriculture’s Impact on Nutrient Management in Agronomic Crops

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Virginia Tech


The world population is exponentially growing and is expected to reach over 9 billion people by 2050. In order to feed the growing population, producers will have to rely on new technologies to increase yields. Globally there is focus on global warming and pollution that can damage ecosystems. A way to solve both of these conundrums is through understanding of nutrient cycles and the implementation of precision agriculture techniques to create a nutrient management system that meets the needs of the plants, but yet prevents unnecessary losses from the cycles. Studies show promise in the implementation of precision agriculture systems, with increased yields and better nutrient use efficiencies. However, studies show that there is variation between plots and areas, proving that more studies need to be conducted to determine the impact of precision agriculture on nutrient management.