Pre-Conference Workshops

We are offering three pre-conference workshops. Technical, hands-on workshops on a variety of topics. The workshops will be at the conference hotel on Sunday, June 24th from 09:30-13:00. The cost for each workshop is US$ 40. Workshops will need a minimum of 20 participants to be held. In the event a workshop is cancelled, registrants will be offered a refund or transfer to another workshop. Workshops are only available to those registering for the conference. 

Processing Precision Agriculture Data with R

This 3-hour workshop introduces precision agriculture enthusiasts to the world of R scripting to organize, process and interpret the different types of data used to analyze field heterogeneity. Workshop participants will be introduced to the RStudio interface and the most popular application libraries. Examples will be presented to the participants, including sensor data processing, development of local pedotransformation functions and data interpolation.

On-Line Decision Support for Fertilizer Use Optimization 

This 3-hour workshop discusses the requirements, methods and theories that may be used to obtain publicly available data and the results of fertility trials to assist in making decisions associated with fertilizer management optimization. Following the review of 4R stewardship aimed at establishing best management practices for agricultural field fertilization, agro-climatic, managerial and economic constraints of certain crop production scenarios will be analyzed under the framework of uncertain response to fertilizer inputs and changing farming conditions. A couple of on-line decision support mechanisms will be used to illustrate the potential use of artificial intelligence to enhance the management of farming-related risks.

Logistics of UAV Operation for Agricultural Applications

This 3-hour workshop introduces participants to the key requirements for the efficient operation of unmanned aerial vehicles for low-altitude remote sensing in Northern America. This will include discussions of the pros and cons of different UAV platforms and their payload and the procedures needed to obtain special flight operation authorization. General logistics on data acquisition, geo-rectification and pre-processing to obtain imagery products to reveal spatial heterogeneity in soil or plant characteristics of interest will also be discussed.