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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 ...

KARS Researchers Present Posters at Statewide EPSCoR Conference

October 30, 2009 in Climate change, Ecological forecasting, Land cover, Presentations, Research, Satellite imagery

A number of KARS and KBS researchers made presentations at the 2009 Kansas Statewide EPSCoR Conference in Manhattan, KS, in October. The purpose of the conference was to provide information about recent EPSCoR research and its importance to Kansans as well as to provide opportunities for research collaboration.

KARS/KBS presenters included:
Josh Campbell--"Building a first-generation cyberinfrastructure to support ecological forecasting." Download pdf
Brian O'Neill--"Ecological responses to hydrogeomorphic fluctuations in a sand bed prairie river: river complexity, habitat availability, and benthic invertebrates." Download pdf
Dana Peterson--"Mapping land use/land cover in the Kansas River Watershed." Download pdf

Image taken from the land cover map of the Kansas River Watershed created for the Ecological Forecasting project. Dataset is displayed in Google Earth, see the project page for more details.

KU Works for Kansas: Protecting the Prairie

October 28, 2009 in Climate change, Ecological forecasting, Prairie, Research

Collaborative research by teams from KU and K-State was featured in the 2009 issue of KU Works for Kansas, a publication of the KU Office of University Relations. The article describes the purpose of a three-year, statewide, ecological-forecasting study. To read the article in its entirety, visit KU Works for Kansas.

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 from the 2005 Kansas Land Cover Patterns map taken showing Douglas County in NE Kansas. The 2005 KLCP dataset is available statewide and for the Kansas River watershed.

New Kansas Land Cover Map

September 15, 2009 in Crop yield, Ecological forecasting, Land cover, Research, Satellite imagery

For the past 20 years, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) program of the Kansas Biological Survey has been providing land cover and land use information derived from the digital classification of satellite imagery to the Kansas Water Office and a variety of state agencies involved in water and natural resource planning. Recently, KARS completed the latest and most detailed map of land cover and land use for the State. This map provides important information to inform the governor and Legislature on water and other natural resource issues as they consider them for policy enactment. It is also valuable to ...