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The Value of In-Season and Historical Satellite Imagery
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Satellite imagery can be a powerful, in-season management feedback tool for farmers because it offers a view of your fields that can only be found from the sky.
Take a look at the satellite images below. What differences do you see year to year?
Each image shows the same field, but one was taken in August 2014, August 2015, and August 2016. The light green areas represent low growth, and the dark green areas represent high growth.
Take a closer look at the 2015 image. You can see equipment patterns that are not as prevalent in the 2014 and 2016 images.
The equipment patterns that go N-S are likely from compaction problems on this farm, which has a lot of clay soils. In 2015, the farmer of this field may have been able to prevent stunted plant growth (and therefore lost yield) by waiting longer for the soil to dry out before doing the field operation.
Depending upon the problem, satellite imagery collected before tasseling can often detect issues in time to affect yield in that season. Imagery collected later in the season (such as dough or dent stage) better reflect the yield differences within the field, and make for ideal post-season evaluation tools. You can take what you learned from this year's imagery to make more informed management decisions next season.
Currently, our farmers are using satellite imagery to:
- Find nitrogen stress
- Spot application errors
- Discover planter configuration problems
- Identify herbicide injury
- Evaluate test strips
- Analyze hybrid performance
- And more!
What will you discover about your field with free satellite imagery? Find out by clicking below!