With increasing population pressure throughout the world and the need for increased agricultural production there is a definite need for improved management of the world's agricultural resources. To make this happen it is first necessary to obtain reliable data on not only the types, but also the quality, quantity and location of these resources. Satellite imagery and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) always will continue to be a very important factor in the improvement of the present systems of acquiring and generating agricultural maps and resource data.
Managed Canopy Assessment
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Agriculture mapping and surveys are presently conducted throughout the world in order to gather information and statistics on crops, rangeland, livestock and other related agricultural resources. This information of data is most important for the implementation of effective management decisions. Agricultural survey is needed for planning and allocation of the limited resources to different sectors of the economy.
Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC) provides satellite image data at different spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions for agriculture and crop assessment, crop health, change detection, environmental analysis, irrigated landscape mapping, yield determination and soils analysis. Scheduling and timing of image acquisition is very important and will hinge on the main goals and the type of information that the end user is hoping to gain. Images can show variations in organic matter and drainage patterns. Soils higher in organic matter can be differentiated from lighter sandier soil that has a lower organic matter content. This information is valuable when used in conjunction with ancillary data to define management zones for a field. Once data has been collected it can be implemented into a mapping environment such as GIS for management and control of agricultural resources.
Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)
SIC provides Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) image processing to filter the correct band combinations for vegetation classification, soil analysis, crop management and tree grading. AgroWatch™ algorithms enhance the NDVI results.
SIC utilizes AgroWatch™ a value-added information products that help farmers, growers, consultants and other decision makers to quantify crop status, soil conditions and rates of crop change throughout the field.
AgroWatch™ Index Maps
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AgroWatch™ products can cut field-scouting time in half by identifying problem areas often before they are visible to the naked eye. AgroWatch can quickly locate problem areas and help customers significantly boost field productivity and crop quality, often while reducing costs.
AgroWatch™ is the only field information solution for the agricultural market that quantitatively compares current conditions with those from last week, last month or even last season to show how both short and long term management decisions are needed.