Stanford first demonstrated precision Agriculture in the mid 1990’s. The practice of precision agriculture was enabled by the advent of GPS and GNSS ability to locate precise position in a field for the creation of maps of the spatial variability of as many variables as can be measured.
The practice of precision agriculture allows the farmer to proactively manage crop performance in several ways:
- Crop yield
- Terrain features/topography
- Organic matter content
- Moisture levels
- Nitrogen levels
- pH, EC, Mg, K, etc.).
Stanford originally received funding in the area from John Deere.
View web story: From Einstein to Farming by Bob Kahn, Gravity Probe B Public Affairs Coordinator, Gravity Probe B Website Status Reports, March 31, 2006.
View web story: GP-B and HEPL received awards from the Space Technology Hall of Fame for supporting the successful development and commercialization of GPS precision guidance technology. Story by Bob Kahn, Gravity Probe B Public Affairs Coordinator, Gravity Probe B Website Mission Page: The Legacy of GP-B.