READY TO MAP BERRY ORCHARDS, OYSTER BEDS, RESTORED WETLANDS AND FORESTS?
Our senior dronies are invited to become agricultural aviators and apply their skills to working with local\food producers (farmers), forestry products (foresters), wetlands (watershed managers), and oyster growers (mariculturists).
AV 105 Digital Agriculture (Year 2): Lecture: This course introduces students to using drones for the management of agricultural resources on the central Oregon coast. Digital agriculture is the use of new and advanced technologies, integrated into one system, to enable coastal farmers, mariculturists, foresters, and watersheds managers and other stakeholders within the agriculture and natural resource value chain to improve food and natural resource production. We use drones to assess cranberry bogs, berry farms, cattle ranches, dairy farms, replanted forests, and restored wetlands. Each student spends a year working with a producer to develop a plan, collect data, and integrate it into the management of their operations. Lab: Dr. Getter and his students operate fixed wing and rotary agro drones with multispectral cameras and gather large amounts of accurate photometric data. Resulting maps are created using sophisticated crop analysis software.
Fall/Spring/Summer Terms – 0.5 Credit hours in Career & Technical Education (or Science or Electives); Lab Packs and Workshop Technology Limit Class Size