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Mature Grain Sorghum Field (picture by Dietrich Kastens)

The 2016 Growing Season Has Begun!

March 31, 2016 in Agriculture, Corn, Crop yield, Drought, Greenness, GreenReport, Growing Season, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Weather, Wheat

March 2016 – 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 2016. The GreenReport® was launched on March 15, and crop yield forecasting began March 23 with winter wheat. Corn and soybean yield forecasting will start on June 1.

The 2016 growing season marks our 15th year of satellite-based, real time crop yield forecasting for the nation. From the record-breaking corn & soy yields in 2009 and again in 2014, to the ...

Mature Winter Wheat Field (picture by Dietrich Kastens)

The 2014 Growing Season Has Begun!

April 17, 2014 in Agriculture, Corn, Crop yield, Drought, Greenness, GreenReport, Growing Season, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Weather, Wheat

April 2014 – 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 the GreenReport® and Crop Yield Forecast schedule for 2014. The GreenReport® was launched on March 20, and crop yield forecasting began March 28 with winter wheat. Corn and soybean yield forecasting will start on June 6.

The 2013 growing season proved to be another interesting year for agriculture. Terrible winter wheat planting conditions in the fall of 2012 set the 2013 crop back in several central and northern plains states, ...

Winter wheat in corn stalks. Picture by Dietrich Kastens.

The 2013 Growing Season Has Begun!

March 20, 2013 in Agriculture, Corn, Crop yield, Drought, Greenness, GreenReport, Growing Season, NDVI, Research, Satellite imagery, Soybeans, Weather, Wheat

March 2013 – In collaboration with commercial partners TerraMetrics Agriculture, Inc. (TMAI) of Lawrence, KS and Planalytics of Berwyn, PA, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program recently released the GreenReport® and Crop Yield Forecast schedule for 2013. The GreenReport® will be launched on March 21, and crop yield forecasting will begin one week later.

The 2012 growing season provided a roller coaster for agriculture. An early spring led to record early plantings for corn and soybeans. Crop potential was high. However, by mid-year, drought conditions were tightening their grip across the central Great Plains and Midwest, taking a ...

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 ...

Houts Attends North American Wildlife Conference

March 31, 2010 in Grasslands, GreenReport, Land cover, Prairie, Presentations, Research, Satellite imagery

Mike Houts was an invited speaker at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference March 22-27 in Milwaukee, WI, where he delivered a presentation on the Natural Resource Planner in a special session, "What Does Green Really Mean?" The session explored the effects of current and future green energy projects on fish and wildlife habitat and identified strategies to mitigate or minimize those effects.

View the Natural Resource Planner here.

Combine harvesting winter wheat in northwest Kansas

KARS Forecasts 2010 Crop Yields

March 5, 2010 in Crop yield, GreenReport, Research, Satellite imagery

UPDATED 5 Mar 2010 -- Planalytics of Berwyn, PA, recently released their crop yield forecast schedule for 2010, beginning with winter wheat on March 26. These forecasts, which are based on the same satellite imagery used in The GreenReport, are regularly updated throughout the growing season and cover the conterminous U.S. at agricultural district (ASD), state, and national scales. Forecasting for seven additional crops (including corn and soybeans) will begin on June 4.

Planalytics crop yield forecasts are produced using models developed at KARS and are provided to Planalytics through commercial partner TerraMetrics Agriculture, Inc. (TMAI) of ...

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.

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.

Satellites Are Watching Your Corn...

June 9, 2009 in Crop yield, GreenReport, Satellite imagery

Article on crop yield forecasting entitled 'Satellites are watching your corn'