Session
Title: Remote Sensing
Date: Wed Aug 4, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderator: Jeff Keiser

Satellites, planes, UAVs: there is no shortage of sources for remote sensing data, but how do you track soil and crop health and make in-season decisions based on imagery. We will look at today’s most common uses. We will hear from those who include imagery in their in-season strategies for working with farmers and improving yields.

Introduction to OpTIS 2.0: A New Version of the Operational Tillage Information System

CTIC has partnered with Regrow and The Nature Conservancy on the development, testing and application of the Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), an automated system to map tillage, residue cover, winter cover, and soil health practices using remote sensing data. OpTIS data are currently available for the years 2005 through 2019 for the US Corn Belt. With OpTIS 2.0 (released in June 2021), data are now presented in the context of a two-year crop rotation with options to review by the previous and following cash crop for both tillage and winter cover. Both the OpTIS and DNDC pages have been updated with new charts and maps to further enhance identification of trends and opportunities to promote the adoption of regenerative conservation practices.

Dave Gustafson (speaker)
Project Director
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
West Lafayette, IN 47906
US

Dave Gustafson currently serves as a CTIC Project Director. His academic training was in chemical engineering (Stanford, B.S., 1980; University of Washington, Ph.D., 1983). He worked 30 years in private industry (Shell, Rhône-Poulenc, Monsanto) and then at the Agiruclture & Food Systems Institute through 2016. Now an independent scientist, he leads research helping food systems meet nutrition needs in more sustainable ways. Dave’s early career focused on environmental modeling agricultural impacts on water quality, and subsequently on various other sustainability issues. Beginning in 2007, Dave began leading efforts to understand climate adaptation and mitigation imperatives in the global agri-food system. 

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Intelligent Imagery; from an Agronomist’s Perspective

Intelligent Imagery offers potentially more value in the form of alerts and guidance to farmers and agronomists managing the developing crop.  This discussion addresses the practical utilization of intelligent imagery from an agronomist’s perspective while collaborating with farmers and other crop management stakeholders to maintain yield potential.   

Intelligent imagery can improve scouting focus and accelerate crop management decisions by leveraging Knowledge, Technology and Labor across more acres.  Two examples from 2021 of “Re-Plant Opportunities and Nutrient Deficiency Alerts” will reviewed through imagery, ground truth scouting, plant-root evaluations, plant-tissue nutrition and soil fertility. Summary thoughts include current values, challenges and promising new developments to address evolving crop management decisions.       

Jim Hedrick (speaker)
Managing Partner
Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC
Lafayette, IN 47904
US

Jim was raised on a farm in West-Central Indiana, attended Purdue University and has 25+ years of retail and wholesale agronomy sales and management experience.  Agronomy experiences include retail and wholesale sales in Indiana, Texas and Kentucky. Roles included Retail and Wholesale Ag Chemical sales plus Retail Agronomy Management and serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for a Midwest Regional Independent Agronomy business. Jim currently serves as Managing Partner of Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC and Sagamore Ag Source, LLC.

In 2009 Jim founded Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC, based in Lafayette Indiana.  Horizon is an independent consulting business that provides agronomy and business succession planning services to clients in the Midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa plus Texas.  Jim builds on his experiences of working with farmers from diverse cultural and agronomic environments to evaluate agronomy, business and family competencies to deliver responsive consulting advice.  Some of Horizon’s Agronomy Strategies include front loading crop nutrition to drive plant metabolism, in-furrow fungicides to manage increased seedling disease incidence, and managing plant tissue nutrition at higher thresholds to enhance grain fill rates resulting in higher grain density/seed weight.  

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Next Generation Use Cases of Satellite Data for Agriculture

Planet's constellation of satellites orbit the poles every 90 minutes, capturing the entire Earth's landmass every day. This unprecedented dataset provides geospatial insights at the speed of change, equipping organizations with the data necessary to make informed, timely decisions. In this discussion, we will go over the fundamental ways space observation is serving agricultural customers and some essential precision ag use cases where Satellite imagery plays an important role. We will also cover new applications in satellite data - everything from Improving Yield Estimation to Identifying Planting and Harvest Dates and Understanding Crop Nitrogen Status.

Misty Tucker (speaker)
Global Industry Principal - Agriculture
Planet
Kimberly, ID 83341
US

My name is Misty Tucker and I am a professional agronomist with 15 years of experience in the agricultural industry. My previous experience includes plant breeding, conducting field trials, retail agriculture, precision agronomics, drone data capture, and aerospace application in the agricultural vertical. In my personal life, I am a mother of four daughters, a 4H leader, and run a small family farm. I have a passion for agriculture and finding ways to improve our processes and capabilities to better serve fellow agronomists, growers, and our planet. 

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Using Imagery as Part of a Precision Package

Remote sensing data is good information, but making it part of a complete package of precision ag services gives additional insights to dealers and farmer customers. 

Ty Tucker (speaker)
Precision Technology Agronomist
Sunrise FS & GROWMARK Inc.

I have worked in the FS GROWMARK system for 3 years with roles in Crop Protection, Technology & Innovation, and Precision Agronomy at the member company level. Pre-Career intern experience includes the GROWMARK corporate internship and 2 summers with Ken Ferrie at CropTech Consulting. I have a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from Illinois State University

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Full In-Season Monitoring for Management and Product Performance Validation

In-field data collection is time consuming and expensive, but incredibly valuable. Growers want to know what works on their fields, with their soils and environmental conditions. Aker will discuss examples of several transformative technologies and practices helping growers with in-season management including:

  • Soil mapping
  • Emergence variability
  • Trends in aerial imagery (multispectral and others)
  • Crop scouting automation (under the canopy)
  • Advancements in yield prediction
     
Orlando Saez (speaker)
CEO / Co-Founder
Aker Technologies Inc.
St. Louis, MO, NA 63132
US

Orlando is the Co-founder & CEO of Aker Technologies, Inc., a venture-backed precision crop diagnostic and analytics company headquartered at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. Orlando is a goal-oriented technology leader with experience in start-ups, buy-outs, venture capital and established companies across telecommunication and agriculture industries. Notable exits include Boingo Wireless, where Orlando led product marketing. Orlando was the Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology for the State of Illinois where he led $78M government-sponsored investments for early stage startups. Orlando holds a BS Computer Engineering from University of Puerto Rico, MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and MBA at Stuart School of Business. Orlando commutes between Chicago, Florida and St. Louis and he is passionate about technology, STEM education and improving farming practices around the world.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Remote Sensing Panel
David Gustafson (speaker)
Project Director
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
West Lafayette, IN 47906
US

Dave Gustafson currently serves as a CTIC Project Director. His academic training was in chemical engineering (Stanford, B.S., 1980; University of Washington, Ph.D., 1983). He worked 30 years in private industry (Shell, Rhône-Poulenc, Monsanto) and then at the Agiruclture & Food Systems Institute through 2016. Now an independent scientist, he leads research helping food systems meet nutrition needs in more sustainable ways. Dave’s early career focused on environmental modeling agricultural impacts on water quality, and subsequently on various other sustainability issues. Beginning in 2007, Dave began leading efforts to understand climate adaptation and mitigation imperatives in the global agri-food system. 

Misty Tucker (speaker)
Global Industry Principal - Agriculture
Planet
Kimberly, ID 83341
US

My name is Misty Tucker and I am a professional agronomist with 15 years of experience in the agricultural industry. My previous experience includes plant breeding, conducting field trials, retail agriculture, precision agronomics, drone data capture, and aerospace application in the agricultural vertical. In my personal life, I am a mother of four daughters, a 4H leader, and run a small family farm. I have a passion for agriculture and finding ways to improve our processes and capabilities to better serve fellow agronomists, growers, and our planet. 

Orlando Saez (speaker)
CEO / Co-Founder
Aker Technologies Inc.
St. Louis, MO, NA 63132
US

Orlando is the Co-founder & CEO of Aker Technologies, Inc., a venture-backed precision crop diagnostic and analytics company headquartered at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. Orlando is a goal-oriented technology leader with experience in start-ups, buy-outs, venture capital and established companies across telecommunication and agriculture industries. Notable exits include Boingo Wireless, where Orlando led product marketing. Orlando was the Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology for the State of Illinois where he led $78M government-sponsored investments for early stage startups. Orlando holds a BS Computer Engineering from University of Puerto Rico, MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and MBA at Stuart School of Business. Orlando commutes between Chicago, Florida and St. Louis and he is passionate about technology, STEM education and improving farming practices around the world.

Jim Hedrick (speaker)
Managing Partner
Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC
Lafayette, IN 47904
US

Jim was raised on a farm in West-Central Indiana, attended Purdue University and has 25+ years of retail and wholesale agronomy sales and management experience.  Agronomy experiences include retail and wholesale sales in Indiana, Texas and Kentucky. Roles included Retail and Wholesale Ag Chemical sales plus Retail Agronomy Management and serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for a Midwest Regional Independent Agronomy business. Jim currently serves as Managing Partner of Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC and Sagamore Ag Source, LLC.

In 2009 Jim founded Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC, based in Lafayette Indiana.  Horizon is an independent consulting business that provides agronomy and business succession planning services to clients in the Midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa plus Texas.  Jim builds on his experiences of working with farmers from diverse cultural and agronomic environments to evaluate agronomy, business and family competencies to deliver responsive consulting advice.  Some of Horizon’s Agronomy Strategies include front loading crop nutrition to drive plant metabolism, in-furrow fungicides to manage increased seedling disease incidence, and managing plant tissue nutrition at higher thresholds to enhance grain fill rates resulting in higher grain density/seed weight.  

Ty Tucker (speaker)
Precision Technology Agronomist
Sunrise FS & GROWMARK Inc.

I have worked in the FS GROWMARK system for 3 years with roles in Crop Protection, Technology & Innovation, and Precision Agronomy at the member company level. Pre-Career intern experience includes the GROWMARK corporate internship and 2 summers with Ken Ferrie at CropTech Consulting. I have a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from Illinois State University

Length (approx): 40 min