Environmentally Conscious Precision Agriculture


  • ECPA Background


    Environmentally Conscious Precision Agriculture (ECPA) was initiated at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in the summer of 2004. Lead by Dr. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, a professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences, the team identified a 50 acre plot of land which was being utilized by UMES farm management personnel to grow wheat, corn and soy beans under “traditional” farming practices. 


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    In keeping with theme of environmental stewardship and modernizing agriculture, the objectives of ECPA were to implement “Precision Agriculture” at UMES, while also promote the adoption of this technology intensive farming practice among local farmers and provide the necessary educational and support services.


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    Phase 1 

    The first phase of the ECPA efforts at UMES involved the collection of baseline data via systematic record keeping, while the current farming practices were maintained.


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    Phase 2

    The Second Phase of the project (currently being undertaken), calls for experimentation and data collection aimed at improving  operations, by using recently acquired Remote Sensing (RS) and Variable Rate Technology (VRT) platforms in the areas of:

    A) nutrient applicationecpa pic 16

    B) seeding

    C) pesticide application

    D) herbicide application

    E) run-off monitoring

    F) Aerial Imaging


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    The ECPA project is proudly supported by the faculty and students of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The project is graciously funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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