The Five “R’s” of Precision

Cindy Zimmerman

Once upon a time, education was based on the three “R’s” – Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. According to Colorado State University soil and crop science associate professor Raj Khosla, precision farming is based on five “R’s” – which really are R’s!

Raj KhoslaKhosla points out that precision farming is not a new branch or way of farming but “with increased globalization occurring in every sector of our economy, today’s farmer needs to produce better, greater, cheaper, and faster in order to remain viable. Precision farming can help today’s farmer meet these new challenges by applying the Right input, in the Right amount, to the Right place, at the Right time, and in the Right manner. The importance and success of precision farming lies in these five “R’s”.”

Khosla recently addressed some of the most commons myths about precision farming. We’re going to take a look at those in a series of posts coming up here on