Preparing tomorrow's precision ag leaders today.

In the rapidly changing world of precision ag, training is not optional. Precision ag requires specialists who are proficient in a variety of skill sets, including hardware, software and data management.


The industry now seeks precision ag specialists who are proficient in a variety of difficult skill sets, including hardware, software, and geographic information systems.


To meet these requirements, SST Software has developed a 9-week certification program. This program is for students in their last two years of university or for recent graduates who are serious about expanding their career potential, developing personally, and exploring various opportunities within the changing world of ag.


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Where do you fit?

Today's world of farming consists primarily of three groups—growers, service providers/retailers and technologists. Farmers are perfectly capable of handling the technology, but farming consumes all of their time.


The service providers and retailers are specialized, and their focus demands their time, preventing them from keeping up with the rapid technological advances. The technologist is the person who understands how to construct and conduct an integrated precision ag system, providing the critical bridge between data services and information reporting that enhances the relationship between farmers, service providers, and retailers.

Core Competencies

A GIS specialist must have core competencies in three main areas. If any area is lacking, precision farming efforts will fail.


Data Collection

All precision farming endeavors begin with data collection. SST interns become proficient in data collection by various means. During the program, data is collected for field boundaries, soil samples, in-season scouting, yield monitors, and multi-spectral imagery.


Analysis Reports

The intrinsic value of raw spatial data stops at the production of a mere map. True value is created when multiple layers of map data are combined to reveal cause-effect patterns throughout the field. SST interns learn the value and process of creating information reports.


Applied Decisions

The goal of spatial information reports is to assist and guide applied management decisions in the field. SST interns become familiar with the real-world application of each report and how to disseminate that information so as to educate growers, agronomists, and sales teams.

DATA Management

Understanding key elements of spatial data management is essential for building a successful precision ag program. Interns will approach spatial data management through the core components of location, standardization, automation, centralization, and communication. 

service provider offerings

Services such as mapping, soil sampling, and variable rate application have become standard offerings within many retail locations. Interns will learn each step of the process, from creating VRA nutrient prescriptions to generating custom map books of valuable information reports.

Emerging Products
As precision ag matures, new devices and data offerings continually emerge. Students will be educated on how to evaluate new product offerings in terms of systems compatibility, complexity of use, and the value added for both the service organization and clientele.

Key Areas

The precision ag specialist must be able to execute the job in the midst of organizations with many moving parts. They must know how to craft and sustain a program across multiple sites and geographic regions utilizing a variety of products.

Aggregate analysis

Each zone within a field is, in essence, a test plot. Interns will understand the essential data standards necessary for aggregate analysis and will learn how to combine farms and fields to create statistical performance reports to help growers make better management decisions.  

Employer Sponsored Certification Opportunity

The Employer Sponsored Certification Opportunity gives companies an opportunity to empower student workers or current employees with the professional skills and knowledge needed in precision agriculture.


Program graduates will return with the knowledge base needed to drive company progress and advance professional services by providing applicable solutions using SST Software’s products.


Contact Bill Richardson at SST Software for more information.



2016 SST Software Precision Ag Certification Program

June 1-July 29 \\ SST Software Headquarters, Stillwater, OK


Contact Bill Richardson at (888) 377-5334 or brichardson@sstsoftware.com if you are interested in the SST Certification Program.

Certification Course Outline

 Week 1: History & Philosophy of GIS Application’s within Precision AgricultureDesktop

GIS vs. Web-based Systems | Data Collection Techniques | Working with Maps & Data Bases | Basics of an Agricultural GIS Program including Mapping, Global Positioning System (GPS), Soil Sampling, Yield Quantification Techniques, and Spatial Analysis of these data | Real-World Applications within today’s Agricultural community


Week 2: Working with Spatial Agricultural DataWorking with Themes or Data

Layers such as Yield, Soil Test, Soil Types, etc. |  Data Validation Techniques | Creating Interpolated Grids of Geo-spatial Data Layers | Understanding the various Interpolation Methodologies used in today’s Agricultural Applications | Spatial Analysis Techniques including Spatial Queries and Multi-Year Analysis of Agricultural Datasets


Week 3: Utilizing Variable-Rate Technologies within the GIS

Creating Variable-Rate Maps for Seed Planting, Fertilizer Recommendations, Lime Applications, Spray Applications, etc. |  Building the Agronomic Logic into your Precision Agriculture Plan | Working with Input Costs | Creating Output Maps and Reports


Week 4: Introduction to SST’s Latest Technologies for Data Processing

Understanding the agX platform (SST’s Standardized Reference Database Model) | Process of setting up Data Sharing across multiple locations |  Utilizing Automated Batch Processing of Data across multiple acres |  Enterprise-level tools for Data Reporting and Analysis


Week 5: Working within SST’s Model of Data Processing

Setting up SST Summit Professional | Creating the SyncNow Account | Sharing Data across Multiple Locations |  Batch Processing of Data across Multiple Acres |  Processing Data into Information | SST MapBooks, SST Reports, Sirrus Reporting (SST’s Web-based Reporting Program)


Week 6: Field Work: Boundary Collection, Soil Sampling, Yield Monitor Calibration


Weeks 7:  Students will be placed with different groups of SST personnel to work in real-world situations.

Data Processing |  Business Analysis |  Account Management |  Sales | Customer Support | Hardware Specialist | Training


Weeks 8-9: Research Project & Presentation

Placement Services

SST Software’s goal is to place individuals that complete the program into a permanent job in the precision agricultural industry. Companies have the opportunity to hire newly trained, qualified job candidates needed to improve productivity and effectiveness in the marketplace.


Contact Jodi Stebens at SST Software for more information.



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