Technology Tools

New Jersey Agriculture

Two years ago, Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) and the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial analysis (CRSSA) at Rutgers began a unique program aimed at utilizing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and its related technology-based tools (Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing) for agriculturally related projects.

NJ agricultural facts
farm real estate in 1997 is the highest in the U.S.

Challenge for NJ Agriculture

Growers in NJ are facing major obstacles in maintaining profitability. New state and federal guidelines are placing more restrictions on the way growers can farm. Crop prices continue to fall, and land values and development pressure continue to rise.

objectives

Objective

To test whether site-specific precision agriculture tools work accurately and economically on the smaller fields and farms common to New Jersey grain, forage, fruit, and vegetable producers.

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