GIS for Agriculture (2016 - 2017)

Duration: 8 hs distributed in 5 weeks (includes self-paced activiites) 

Cost: FREE!

Held at: GeoAgro Online Training Center (all course materials and activities are delivered online)

 



To enroll in this course:


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What can I learn?

Organizing and sharing farm information.

 

Audience:

Producers, Ag Consultants and providers of Crop Inputs and Services, interested in achieving more effective farm management, reduce operating costs and improving services for producers.  It's not required to have computer expertise and previous Geographic Information Systems knowledge.

 

Goals: 

At the end of the course, Participants will learn the initial steps for organizing and sharing farm information, as well as the potential applications of geospatial technologies for farm management:

  • Generate initial farm layers (farm, fields, crops with seeding/harvest dates).
  • Setup the farm team, to share the farm information and coordinate operations.
  • Validate your maps using mobile devices.
  • Field data collection using mobile devices.

Detailed outline 

 Unit 1: Introduction to GIS

  • What is a GIS?
  • The importance of GIS in agriculture.
  • Types of layers.
  • Types of GIS.
  • Which GIS will be used in this course?

 

Unit 2: Using 360

  • Know what is 360.
  • Accessing 360.
  • Learn how to georeference your farms.
  • Sharing, downloading and modifying georeferenced data.

 

Unit 3: GIS Pak

  • Know what is GIS Pak.
  • What's included in GIS Pak.
  • What you need to order it and how to do it.

 

Unit 4: Map validation and data collection

  • Validate your maps using mobile devices.
  • Field data collection using mobile devices.

 

Unit 5: Using GeoAgro GIS

 

  • Know what GeoAgro GIS is.
  • Install GeoAgro GIS.
  • Create an agronomic project and restorea data from 360.
  • Learn how to use the References Panel and the Navigation Panel.
  • Share data with other users.

Course Methodology

Participants can follow this online course from their desktop. Using various online resources (webinars, videos, tutorials, quizzes), they build skills working on sample farm/land data and exchanging information and experiences with facilitators and other participants.

 

What are the benefits of this methodology?

  • Convenient access to instructor-led online training courses — no need to travel.
  • Hands-on practice - Class time is divided between presentations and hands-on exercises. 
  • Ability to ask questions, get answers,  participate in group activities and interact with the instructor and other participants through chats and forums.
  • Downloadable course materials, exercise data, and a course certificate of completion.

Facilitator: Ed Di Pollina, M.Sc.

Ed DiPollina, specialized in project management and GIS consulting for agricultural and environmental applications, with over sixteen years of experience in the field. He has successfully leaded the introduction of Information tools applied to conservation planning and precision farming. Ed holds a Master in Science degree in GIS awarded by the ITC - Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Netherlands, and a Bachelor in Science degree in Civil Engineering awarded by the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina.

 

 

Included data & Software

Software tools: Course participants will be provided with the following tools:

  • Farm 360 (web GIS ) 
  • GeoAgro GIS (GIS desktop): two month trial license - Learn more about GeoAgro GIS.

 

Required hardware:

  • A desktop PC, or notebook, with internet connection.
  • A smartphone or tablet PC with GPS device.