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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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