Can You See Planter Configuration Problems From Space?

July 01, 2016

Absolutely. You can also see things like nutrient and nitrogen deficency. That's the power of in-season satellite imagery: it makes for the perfect in-season, feedback management tool because it offers a view of your fields that can only be found from the sky.

In the image below, the light green areas represent low plant growth; dark green areas represent high plant growth.

The saw-tooth pattern near the headlands in this image indicates a direction problem where the planter is not being set right for one part of each pass. 


You can also see nitrogen/nutrient deficiency in the image above.

The farmer of this field confirmed nitrogen/nutrient deficiency in the light green area to the right. 

What else can you find with satellite imagery? 

In addition to seeing configuration and nutrient problems in satellite imagery, you can also spot things like:

  • Deer damage
  • Applicator issues
  • Herbicide injury
  • Moisture and equipment-related stress
  • And more!

Want to see even more examples of real life field problems you can spot from the sky? Download our free report here! 

FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery

Ashley Rutter


Ashley Rutter is the Content Marketing Writer at FarmLogs.