Title: Remote Sensing Case Studies
Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Christopher Boomsma
Computer Vision, Data Science, and Deep Learning Algorithms

Taranis is a leading precision agriculture intelligence platform that uses sophisticated computer vision, data science and deep learning algorithms to effectively monitor fields. The system enables farmers to make informed decisions by detecting early symptoms of weeds, uneven emergence, nutrient deficiencies, disease or insect infestations, water damage, and equipment problems. Overseeing millions of acres of farmland in Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States, Taranis gives farmers the tools to address issues in real-time, increasing yields and cutting costs. 

Ayal Karmi (speaker)
COO & Co-Founder
Equipped with over 10 years of experience in the agriculture sector, Ayal Karmi is the COO and Co-founder of Taranis, a leading smart farming startup, since the company’s inception in 2015. Before joining Taranis Taranis Ayal worked in a Kibbutz in the north of Israel, assisting with the community’s agriculture branch, Ayal is also a certified crop advisor. Starting his career Ayal joined the army, serving in an elite intelligence unit where his love for numbers grew. Ayal studied Economics, Statistics, and Accounting – lending his expertise as an investment analyst and later, as a Product Manager at the Central Bank of Israel. At Taranis, Ayal is responsible for product and operations management, in addition to running the company’s research and development site at Taranis’ Israeli HQ.
Length (approx): 20 min
Satellite Imagery: The New Table Stake for Information on Crop Conditions?

Satellite imagery as a source of information on crop conditions has gone from a high-priced luxury only used by tech innovators to a low-cost offering in almost all field, agronomic and farm management systems. This presentation will evaluate why this change took place in the last few years and how it supports the future of agriculture for farmers and their partners.

Damien Lepoutre (speaker)
VP AgTech
Land O'Lakes
Damien Lepoutre is vice president of Ag Tech at Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. Since January 2019 he has been advising on innovation, ag tech and digital transformation in the competitive agriculture landscape to help farmers leverage new cutting-edge technologies and face today’s numerous challenges to better feed human progress. Lepoutre is an agronomist and obtained an MBA later in his career. He started in remote sensing at NFAP, a joint NASA–USDA/FS program, in Houston in the early 1980s. He then worked in the IT department of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, developing software to advise farmers on when and how to apply chemicals. In 1983 he started and managed the Remote Sensing and GIS lab of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in CEMAGREF (now IRSTEA). Lepoutre then founded GEOSYS in 1987, a remote sensing company to better serve farmers and international agribusinesses. Lepoutre developed his company internationally with offices in the U.S., France, Switzerland, Brazil and Australia. He continued to develop the company after he sold it to Land O’Lakes in 2013, until early 2019. Lepoutre engages in discussions with numerous organizations as he envisions what changes will support the future of agriculture. He has proved successful in turning an ag tech startup into a mature international company, has developed strong knowledge and expertise in digital ag technologies and the market, and serves as a good link between R&D, information technology and agriculture development and management.
Length (approx): 20 min
Integrating Simplified Tools and Low-Hanging Data for Useful Remote Sensing Applications

New remote sensing technologies continue to be explored and developed for a wide range of applications in agricultural research and crop production. As technologies show merit for a given purpose, a common approach is to promote this new tool for direct integration into a decision-making process. However, optimum utility of the technology can be challenging to realize with the specialization of a single tool, as cost and scope can limit scenarios for profitable application. There is potential for increased utility through simplification of remote measurements and integration of other easily accessible information, such as environmental data and agronomic inputs. This presentation will illustrate examples of data integration for more cost-effective applications of remote sensing technologies, and describe a process for developing specialized, yet simplified tools.


Reagan Noland (speaker)
Assistant Professor & Extension Agronomist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
San Angelo, TX 76901
Reagan Noland is an Extension Agronomist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in San Angelo, Texas. Reagan received his B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Angelo State University, M.S. in Agronomy from Texas A&M University, and Ph.D. in Agronomy & Agroecology from the University of Minnesota. His current program efforts seek to integrate new technologies with basic agronomics to advance cropping system resilience and production efficiency. Serving through Extension, a critical focus is on practicality and concrete implications to production. Reagan works to identify tools that are both useful and usable for stakeholders, and to transfer these tools into the hands of growers.
Length (approx): 40 min
Remote Sensing - What Can This Technology Do for Me, and What Can't It Do?

Remote sensing is often described as the sensing of features or objects without being in physical contact with the features or objects.  The human eye is an amazing remote sensing organ, but when it comes to agriculture, being able to acquire an aerial view and record the objects in image-form for subsequent review and analysis is often desirable.  Dr. Price’s presentation will focus on remote sensing technologies and its best applications in agriculture. He will provide examples from imagery acquired from satellite, onboard piloted aircraft, and drones.

Kevin Price (speaker)
Chief Emerging Technology Officer
Air Data Solutions
Dr. Kevin Price is an early retired university professor who taught remote sensing at the graduate level for 28 years and for 16 years was the associate director of one of the largest remote sensing programs in the US. He has over 200 published scientific papers and conducted research in countries all over the world. He served as a scientific advisor to a former US Secretary of State, NASA, NOAA, and testified before US Senate and Congressional Subcommittees. During his career, he has spoken at over 400 conferences, and in the past 5 years has been the keynote or invited speaker on drone technologies and their applications in agriculture and natural resource management at over 100 conference around the world. He is currently employed by Air Data Solutions ( and works closely with three other companies in aerial data acquisition, oil and gas pipeline corridor monitoring and assessment, electric utility maintenance optimization, and agriculture, wildlife, rangelands, forestlands monitoring and condition assessment.
Length (approx): 40 min