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What is Precision Agriculture?

Precision agriculture involves studying and managing variations within fields that can affect crop yield. It revolves around the idea that treating a large region as a uniform area is essentially wasteful and uses an excess of costly resources in the form of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. It is also a method of farm management that allows the farmer to produce more efficiently, thereby realizing gains through economical use of resources. An important effect of precision farming is the high environmental benefit from using chemical treatments only where and when they are necessary. This promotion of environmental stewardship is a key component of the new attitudes in agriculture.

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