Satellites Are Watching Your Corn...

Published on June 9, 2009 by Berry Clemens

Tags: Crop yield, GreenReport, Satellite imagery

Image taken from the Green Report dataset of vegetation condition. The Green Report is available for the continental United States on a weekly basis. More information available from the KARS website.

Image taken from the Green Report dataset of vegetation condition. The Green Report is available for the continental United States on a weekly basis. More information available from the KARS website.

Researchers at the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program (KARS) are using satellite imagery to accurately predict crop yields, weeks ahead of the estimates from the USDA. Jude Kastens and John Lomas work with satellite data to make greenness maps and statistical models that can predict crop yields. Farmers can use the information to develop marketing strategies for their crops, based on higher-than-normal or lower-than-normal yield levels.

For more information, see the article 'Satellites are watching your corn' by Arlan Suderman in the July/August 2008 issue of Farm Futures (p. 28-29).

Additional information about the GreenReport is available here.