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Chris Bishop, Alex Coutinho, and Júlio Esquerdo examine a satellite view of Mato Grosso.

Brazilian Collaborators Visit KU to Talk Agriculture

January 17, 2013 in Agriculture, Brazil, Corn, Crop yield, Double Crop, Greenness, Growing Season, Land cover, Mato Grosso, MODIS, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Sugarcane, Weather

January 16, 2013 – For one week in December, Alexandre Camargo Coutinho and Júlio César D. M. Esquerdo of the Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research, or EMBRAPA, met face-to-face with their KU colleagues as part of a long-standing partnership between the two institutions that dates back to 2005. Most of this time was spent at KARS, where Alex, Júlio, Chris Brown (Environmental Studies), Jude Kastens (KBS/KARS), and Chris Bishop (Environmental Studies/KARS) discussed ongoing and future research and product development plans.

The discussions focused on mapping the rapidly changing agricultural landscape of Mato Grosso (Brazil’s primary soybean producing state) through time. ...

Crop Condition Rankings as of July 22, 2012

U. S. Corn & Soybean Crops Reeling from Drought

July 27, 2012 in Agriculture, Corn, Crop yield, Disaster, Drought, Emergency, Forcasting, Greenness, GreenReport, Growing Season, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Weather, Wheat

July 27, 2012 – According to the July 24 update of the UNL Drought Monitor, more than 80% of the conterminous U.S. was experiencing abnormally dry conditions or worse, and more than 20% was classified in the two highest drought categories (“Extreme” & “Exceptional”). Nearly all of the Midwestern Corn Belt is included in the Drought area, with the vast majority of the region classified as “Severe” or worse.

Now that we are firmly into the back side of the 2012 growing season, the “Great Drought of 2012” has clearly taken its toll on the U.S. corn & soybean crops. ...

Soybeans in Milo Stalks. Picture by Dietrich Kastens.

The 2012 Growing Season Has Begun!

March 6, 2012 in Agriculture, Corn, Crop yield, Drought, Greenness, GreenReport, Growing Season, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Weather, Wheat

March 2012 – In collaboration with commercial partners TerraMetrics Agriculture, Inc. (TMAI) of Lawrence and Planalytics of Berwyn, PA, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program recently released the GreenReport® and Crop Yield Forecast schedule for 2012. Both products will be launched on March 21.

Using satellite imagery to measure plant vigor across the conterminous U.S., the GreenReport® is published weekly by KARS during the March-October growing period. Current conditions are related to the previous week, the previous year, and the 1989-2011 historical average. To enhance the value of the GreenReport® maps, Planalytics agribusiness meteorologists provide critical insight ...

Peterson Attends Remote Sensing Symposium

December 20, 2011 in Agriculture, Biofuels

Dana Peterson recently attended and presented at the 18th William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium in Herndon, Virginia. The theme of the symposium was “Forty years of Earth Observations: Understanding a Changing World”. Dana presented on mapping irrigated lands by crop type in Kansas (insert link to proceedings paper). The irrigated cropland map was derived using MODIS NDVI imagery from 2005, county-level statistics by crop type from the USDA Agricultural Census, a crop mask of each crop type using a 2005 crop-type land cover map and buffers around irrigation sources. For each county, and for each crop type, an ...

KARS Program Develops International Relationships

November 4, 2009 in Agriculture, Land cover

Jude Kastens, Research Assistant Professor at the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program (KARS), recently spent a week in Campinas, Brazil (about 50 km northwest of São Paulo), at Embrapa, the Brazilian agricultural research agency similar to the USDA. Jude worked with researchers who had gathered data on field boundaries and management histories from over 400 fields in the state of Mato Grosso. He helped them organize and standardize their database and helped them begin work on cropland discrimination and land cover classification.

Crop monitoring and the GreenReport featured in KU Works for Kansas 2009

KU Works for Kansas: The View from There

October 28, 2009 in Agriculture, Crop yield, GreenReport, Land cover, Research, Satellite imagery

Researchers in the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program, a unit of the Kansas Biological Survey, were featured in the 2009 edition of KU Works for Kansas, a publication of the KU Office of University Relations. The article provides information on the GreenReport, a map series that uses satellite imagery to predict crop conditions. To read the article in its entirety, visit KU Works for Kansas.