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Operations are growing and with that comes an exceedingly large amount of area to monitor for efficiency. Getting a complete picture of your fields can give you clear insights into each acre, making scouting more targeted and effective.

Satellite imagery and remote sensing technology are part of a continuous improvement plan for crop production — imagery provides the opportunity to monitor large areas and understand potential causes of low productivity.

Hummingbird Technologies is here to give you proper insight into your farm’s yield potential through remote-sensing captured imagery and benchmarking technology.

“Remote sensing data is another layer of data that is available to agronomists and farmers to visualize and identify the extent of field variability that can exist each year,” says Kristina Polziehn, agronomist and Canadian business development manager at Hummingbird Technologies.

Remote sensing and the use of aerial imagery has been used for years but the technology has grown extensively over the last decade. Being able to track and analyze fields for factors like crop species, crop health, surface soil properties and yield potential is a leading motivator for growers to introduce satellite imagery into their operation.

Actionable intelligence at key moments in the growing season

Information recorded by satellites is analyzed to monitor the growth of plants and improve yields through crop management. Access to detailed images of your farm provides early indicators of crop stress or crop density, leading to more informed decisions when putting together crop and marketing plans.

“Hummingbird’s platform provides field-level analytics that can be easily translated into input maps — such as variable rate fungicide maps — which can then be tailored to the needs of the grower, field and farm,” says Polziehn.

Satellite imagery through Hummingbird Technologies not only helps to effectively implement management tactics such as fungicide application and desiccation but also provides insight into the current stage of crop health and development. The satellites are linked to crop growth and condition through parameters like leaf-area index, which measure photosynthesis and evapotranspiration (functions most dependent on solar radiation).

Much of the analysis stems from the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), an index used to compare healthy and unhealthy regions of a field. This index is useful for understanding the variability that is occurring in your fields throughout the growing season.

Better insights and predictive analytics

Satellite imagery is not just for in-the-moment field monitoring. Growers are using these images as a method to benchmark yield potential — benchmarking compares fields and provides a historical progression of crop growth

Hummingbird Technologies has elaborated on this innovative process and introduced a field leaderboard to compare a field’s performance against those of the same crop type, giving users a better understanding of field performance. Using either the fields’ average NDVI or simply their growth rates since day of seeding, you can verify what processes are working best and tailor future spraying plans to give the lower-performing fields a better chance of success.

“Using remote-sensing data helps drive data-driven decision-making,” Polziehn says. “And tools such as a field leaderboard and benchmarking tool creates actionable insights in crop production and aids in overall field management.”

So how do you make Hummingbird work for you this growing season? Here are some key factors to help you get the most value out of your imagery:

  • Ground truth imagery — Validating patterns and variability in the field can bring insights into crop health factors, such as environmental stress and soil variability
  • Manage variability — Use satellite imagery to discern variability. That information is used to develop management zones for variable rate applications
  • Track crop development — Seasonal crop development helps you plan accordingly, make educated decisions around management and set expectations around field performance
  • Compare field productivity — Compare the performance and health of fields to prioritize scouting or field activities

By offering a streamlined monitoring system, you can go into the season confident in your yield potential.

Ready to elevate your crop performance this season? Visit www.telus.com/agriculture/ imagery or call 1-888-209-7723 to save 50% on Hummingbird’s imagery solutions today!