Precision Agriculture

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 7–23 | Cite as

Future Directions of Precision Agriculture

  • Alex McBratney
  • Brett Whelan
  • Tihomir Ancev
  • Johan Bouma


Precision Agriculture is advancing but not as fast as predicted 5 years ago. The development of proper decision-support systems for implementing precision decisions remains a major stumbling block to adoption. Other critical research issues are discussed, namely, insufficient recognition of temporal variation, lack of whole-farm focus, crop quality assessment methods, product tracking and environmental auditing. A generic research programme for precision agriculture is presented. A typology of agriculture countries is introduced and the potential of each type for precision agriculture discussed.


site-specific crop management resource economics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex McBratney
    • 1
  • Brett Whelan
    • 1
  • Tihomir Ancev
    • 1
  • Johan Bouma
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian Centre for Precision AgricultureThe University of SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
  2. 2.Formerly Laboratory for Soil Science & GeologyWageningen University & Research CentreWageningenThe Netherlands

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