As spring plans are finalized, don’t forget to consider aerial imaging as part of a continuous improvement plan. Remote sensing and the use of aerial imagery has been used for decades in agriculture but since 2010 we’ve seen the number of available imagery providers grow extensively. The use of imagery can vary from farm to farm but several common uses include variable rate fertility recommendations, assessing water management performance, quantifying soil compaction and machinery induced yield limiters, locating late season weed outbreaks, and generally evaluating the consistency of crop vigor across a field.
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Darr, Matthew J.; VanderLeest, Zachery S.; Bergman, Ryan William; and Murphy, Christopher J., "The Source Matters for Getting the Most out of Aerial Imagery" (2016). Integrated Crop Management News. 2333.
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