Determination of Buffer-Zones using Agricultural Information System

Atay C. E., Ayebare P.

TEM JOURNAL-TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION MANAGEMENT INFORMATICS, vol.6, no.2, pp.363-371, 2017 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.18421/tem62-23
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.363-371
  • Keywords: Buffer zone, GIS, pesticide application, spatial-temporal, spray drift, SPRAY DRIFT, PESTICIDES, RUNOFF
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The estimation of agricultural yield is a challenging and essential task for every farmer. In most countries worldwide, above 70% of the population practice and depend upon agriculture for their lives and livehoods. In attempts to increase agricultural productivity, farmers often apply pesticides excessively. This practice has led to problems with spray drift, along with many others, a process by which liquid sprays are transported and cause harm to adjacent crops and other non-target areas. Although investigation has also been directed toward pesticide drift caused by agents such as wind, boom height, and driving speed, this effort has thus been insufficient. Therefore, our research focuses on modelling to account for these factors to create buffer zones around crops to spray drift during pesticide application. We employed a GIS model to capture spray area points. Spray drift distances calculated with values representing the aforementioned agents are appended to these geographic points of the farm to establish a buffer zone area.