AGRO 831: Spatial Variability in Soils

Image of farmers examining soil in their hands.Spring 2018. Dates TBA.

Instructors:  Lead instructor and workshop coordinator 
Dr. Tim Shaver.

Class No.:  AGRO 831

Credits: Two graduate credits

Certified Crop Advisors may earn seven Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Soil & Water by taking this course.

Registration

Register via MyRed for Academic Credit.

Description
This course begins with an optional one-day workshop consisting of lectures and discussion.  The workshop will be held in conjunction with the NeATA (Nebraska Agricultural ATA annual conference annual conference at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island, Nebraska, date to be announced.  Workshop topics are expected to include:  
  • Why it's important to understand spatial variability
  • What's manageable, what's not
  • Sources and scales of variability
  • Spatial information resources - public and self-generated
  • Spatial tools - GPS & GIS
  • Introduction to quantifying variability
Delivery

The course begins with an optional one-day workshop at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island, Nebraska, date to be announced.  Attendance at the workshop is recommended, but is not mandatory, as the sessons will be recorded and Web-archived for delivery to distance sudents and individuals unable to attend in person.  Following the workshop, students will complete Internet-based assignments and quizzes and participate in an online discussion board.

Textbooks
None.  All materials will be distributed at the workshop or made available via the Internet/Blackboard.  Workshop materials will be mailed to students unable to attend in person.
Requirements

High-Speed Internet access, email, updated browser and the ability to view videos.

Prerequisites

Students taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in UNL's Graduate School and have an undergraduate degree in agronomy or related field.  For noncredit participants, attendance at a prior workshop in precision agriculture is recommended.

Tuition/Cost

Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website. Please note that academic students attending the workshop may be required to pay an additional fee.  

Who It's For

Among those who would benefit from taking this course are:

  • Graduate students, preparing for more intensive or specialized study later
  • Certified professional agronomists and crop consultants: Certified Crop Advisors may earn seven Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Soil & Water by taking this course.
  • Crop production and pest management industry personnel
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Science and vocational agriculture teachers
  • Producers