GIS for Agriculture

Pest Control

GIS on the Web allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program directors, managers, and analysts to access and share data about grasshopper and cricket populations.

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Agricultural pest control relies on accurate data about the quantity and location of pests or other infestations within a specified area. GIS plays an important role in data collection, interpolation, and analysis. Data can be

  • Quickly gathered in the field using mobile GIS products
  • Analyzed in the farm office with desktop GIS
  • Disseminated via the Web with geospatial server software

This rapid data collection/analysis/distribution process provides farmers with current information on pest outbreak locations, areas of potential risk, and recommendations for eradication.

Because pesticides pose a potential hazard to the environment, agricultural agencies must carefully manage pesticide applications to achieve an acceptable balance between the economic interests of the farming community and the health of the larger community. Storing this information within a GIS allows officials to

  • Better manage the permit application process.
  • Perform water quality monitoring.
  • Investigate point source pollution events.

Success Stories

See how agricultural organizations benefit from the use of geographic analysis and GIS.

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