A thorough, critical, and up-to-date look at precision farming around the world In most developing countries, farming is the best safety net against hunger and keeping production costs under control without sacrificing crop yield is essential for survival. The Handbook of Precision Agriculture presents up-to-date research, field studies, and practical applications from around the world to help agricultural scientists and farmers work together to design a farming methodology that improves productivity, profitability, and sustainability. The book offers a comprehensive guide to basic principles and techlogies, crop-specific applications, integrative strategies, ecomic and environmental concerns, and future trends in precision agriculture in different regions of the world. Handbook of Precision Agriculture provides basic guidelines and recommendations for implementing precision farming worldwide to help improve farm profits while conserving the environment. Keeping the technical jargon to a minimum, 50 of the world's foremost authorities on precision farming examine a wide range of subject areas, including agromy, crop physiology, genetics and plant breeding, soil science, entomology, meteorology, agricultural extension, weed science, plant pathology, ecology, spatial information sciences, and ecomics. In addition to discussing theory and practice on field-level management, the book's contributors discuss how to identify and manage field variability, and how to implement precision farming in selected crops and cropping systems, working from case studies that represent both regional and crop-specific contexts. Topics examined in Handbook of Precision Agriculture include: * essential techlogies for precision farming * site-specific nutrient management * precision water management * site-specific weed management * precision management of rice * site-specific management of cotton producing * precision farming from a cropping systems perspective * case studies of precision farming in Europe, Australia, and South America * and much moreHandbook of Precision Agriculture also includes a foreword written by the rewned agricultural scientist, administrator, and World Food Prize Laureate, Professor M.S. Swaiminathan. Peer-reviewed by more than 100 reviewers from around the world, this unique book presents detailed information and concepts in a simple and direct style that's easy to understand-even for beginners!