Technology in agriculture has been improving efficiency and productivity for generations. Students in the GPS/GIS Technology program take technology use to a new level by using Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems in agricultural applications. Graduates will learn how to use these technologies to increase yields while minimizing inputs.
Students gain a broad base of skills and knowledge by covering such topics as:
- Aerial and satellite imagery
- Yield correlation maps
- GPS receivers
- Application rate maps
- Field scouting techniques
- Precision farming
- Remote sensing and image analysis
- Electronics troubleshooting
In addition, GPS/GIS Technology students study a variety of general agriculture subjects such as corn and soybean production, agri-business, integrated pest management, and soils and fertility management.
Ridgewater’s agriculture program
The largest 2-year program in Minnesota, and has 8 full-time faculty members to ensure you get the personal attention you need to succeed.
The Agriculture programs offer students opportunities to learn and be involved outside the classroom with a very active PAS organization (Post-secondary Agriculture Students). Highlights include:
- Largest PAS chapter in the United States (including Veterinary Technology)
- Dairy Specialist teams have been seven-time national PAS contest winners
- College Bowl 2nd place at Nationals
- Large number PAS state officers
- 2009-2010 National Secretary; 2007-08 State PAS President and State Vice President