Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Giuseppe Ezio MANETTO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course aims to provide disciplinary and professionalizing skills to applicate techniques, machines and procedures of the precision farming at farm and territorial scale, in order to limit the environmental impact, working times, resources used and production costs. To provide the knowledge of the instruments and techniques necessary for the field monitoring, including the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and to translate the field information in agronomic management mode through properly equipped machines, models and decision support systems. To provide the choice criteria of the machines for the management with reduced environmental impact of the agro-ecosystems in the respect of the natural resources and the territory.

Course Structure

Lectures (28 ore) with the aid of slides and exercises (28 hours) consisting of analyses of practical applications, seminars and visits to local farms.

If the teaching will be carried out in mixed or on line mode, the necessary changes may be introduced with respect to the previous statements in order to comply with the program planned and reported in the syllabus.

Learning assessment could also be carried out online, if conditions require it.

As a guarantee of equal opportunities and in compliance with current laws, interested students can ask for a personal interview in order to plan any compensatory and/or dispensatory measures, based on their specific needs and on teaching objectives of the discipline.

It is also possible to ask the departmental contacts of CInAP (Center for Active and Participatory Integration - Services for Disabilities and/or DSAs), in the persons of professors Giovanna Tropea Garzia and Anna De Angelis.

Required Prerequisites

Knowledge of conventional agricultural machinery for tillage, plant protection, fertilization and harvesting.

Attendance of Lessons

The attendance of the course is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended to facilitate the understanding of theoretical aspects and to be followed in the evaluation of the conditions for the choice of machines to be used in a real context.

Detailed Course Content

The meaning of precision agriculture will be explained by referring to its evolution. During the lectures, they will be analysed: farm information systems, remote sensing systems and remote control platforms, including UAS, for crop monitoring, soil and crop survey sensors, agricultural machinery positioning and guiding systems and production mapping systems, variable rate machines for soil tillage, sowing, fertilisation, crop protection. Furthermore, precision farming applications herbaceous in open field and arboreal crops will be analysed.

Textbook Information

The lecturer provides all the slides used to explain the arguments of the course, in order to provide a guide for the individual study. The following reference books are also suggested , although students are free to consult any other book about the same topics:

1. Casa R. – Agricoltura di precisione. Metodi e tecnologie per migliorare l'efficienza e la sostenibilità dei sistemi colturali – Edagricole - Edizioni Agricole di New Business Media srl. Milano. (ISBN 978-88-506-5510-6).

2. Misturini R. – Precision farming. Strumenti e tecnologie per un'agricoltura evoluta – Edagricole - Edizioni Agricole di New Business Media srl. Milano. (ISBN: 978-88-506-5587-8).

3. Basso B., Sartori L., Bertocco M. – Agricoltura di precisione. Concetti teorici e applicazioni pratiche –  Edizioni L'Informatore Agrario SpA. Verona. (ISBN 978-88-7220-229-9).

4. Lecture notes.

5. Zhang Q. – Precision farming technology for crop farming – CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group. Boca Ratom, FL. (ISBN 978-1-4822-5107-4).

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Definizione ed evoluzione dell’agricoltura di precisioneTesto 1
2I sistemi informativi aziendaliTesto 1 – Testo 2
3Telerilevamento e piattaforme satellitariTesto 1 – Testo 2
4Piattaforme a controllo remoto - SAPRTesto 1 e appunti di lezione
5Sensori per il monitoraggio prossimale del suoloTesto 1
6Sensori per il monitoraggio prossimale delle coltureTesto 1
7I sistemi di posizionamento globaleTesto 1 – Testo 2 – Testo 3
8I sistemi di guida automatica delle trattriciTesto 1 – Testo 3
9Il sistema ISOBUSTesto 1 e appunti di lezione
10I sistemi di mappatura delle produzioniTesto 1 – Testo 2 – Testo 3
11Macchine per la lavorazione del terreno a rateo variabileTesto 1 – Testo 2
12Seminatrici a rateo variabileTesto 1 – Testo 2 – Testo 3
13Macchine per la fertilizzazione a rateo variabileTesto 1 – Testo 2 – Testo 3
14Macchine per i trattamenti fitosanitari di precisioneTesto 1 – Testo 2 – Testo 3
15Applicazione dell’agricoltura in una coltura erbaceaTesto 1
16Applicazione dell’agricoltura in una coltura arboreaTesto 1

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Oral examination on the whole program.

The evaluation will take into account the relevance and quality of the answer to the questions asked, as well as the technical language properties demonstrated, the ability to reason and link the transversal knowledge acquired through the various parts of the program.

The final assessment of the integrated course is one and is expressed in thirties on the basis of the knowledge demonstrated during the oral exam with reference to the programm contents of both modules of the integrated course.

The exam dates can be found on the website of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment to the link: