Remote sensing and geospatial experts working for agricultural producers. Using data gathered from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned aircraft, AgPixel creates detailed orthomosaics that have a wide variety of applications, beyond just agriculture. With our automated system we are able to quickly provide actionable data for mission critical decisions.
Today’s farms are under pressure to produce higher crop yields while reducing the amount of energy and resources used. AgPixel is here to make that happen. Remote sensing technology has evolved over the last decade, giving us the ability to provide actionable data with a fast data turn around. When this data is used with modern farming equipment, you will see results quickly and can easily track your return on investment.
Detect crop stress before it is visible to the human eye
Accurately calculate areas that have been damaged by weather and infestations
Create variable rate herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide treatment plans
Accurately determine plant inventory with classification maps
Import data directly into John Deere farm management software or upload to AgX and SST, all done automatically
Use precision application to target problem areas early, reducing the amount of resources used
Assessing the health of all of your corps can be difficult, which is why most modern methods apply fixes to the entire field. Doing this waists resources on areas that are already health. With aerial imagery you know what areas of your fields need additional nutrient, solving problems quicker and cheaper.
AgPixel’s NDVIs provide you with the additional information needed to ensure that the decisions you make, will produce the best results.
Determining what type of hybrids to plant at the beginning of the season depends on many different factors to maximize yield potential and lower risk management.
It is difficult to find the middle ground when looking at trasgenic options, disease tolerance, maturity, grain dry down, standability, stalk quality, and early season vigor that will give you the best results.
Many of these factors are not visible to the human eye, but by using near-infrared imagery you can see potential problems like never before.
Pop-up fertilizer ensures that new crops get off to a good start so they have the potential for maximum yields. However, due to its cost, pop-up fertilizer is often not utilize because its cost-effectiveness will cut into your bottom line.
By using AgPixel’s NDVIs you can identify what areas will benefit the most from pop-up fertilizer. This means that you can apply pop-up fertilizer only where it is needed. Lowering the cost while maximizing the benefits.
Current methods for determining sample sites (for assessing plant health conditions) chosen at random, or based upon what areas have easy access points.
Aircraft can easily gather imagery over an entire field do you know exactly what is happening.
People visit the doctor when we feel sick, and after a few test we know why you are sick and how to make you feel better. Testing for plant health is more difficult, due to the number of plants you cannot check every one, but with aerial imagery you see how healthy all of your corps are. Aerial imagery can also identify areas that are damaged by flooding, plant infestations, equipment failure, and more. From there it is easy to find the most cost-effective solutions.
Using different NDVIs we where able to determine that the damaged areas where caused by flooding. Because our maps are georectified we measured the damaged area for insurance purpose and replanting.
While it is difficult to determine the best course of action when growing crops, this is also true for determining what happened to crops mid-season.
For farmers dead and dying crops mean a lost in revenue, and filing insurance claims for these damages can be difficult. Our data clearly outlines the extent of the damage and has been used to determine what needs to be done next.
Using aerial imagery you can spot areas with little to no plant coverage. There can be several reasons why there are no crops in this area, such as equipment failure or seed emergence.
Lodging makes crops difficult to harvest, dramatically reducing yields and commonly occurs with wheat, rice, and other cereals. There are several different reasons for crop lodging but the most common is a dense crop canopy. When you have dense canopies, heavy rain, and high winds the crops cannot support themselves and fall over.
AgPixels NDVI can identify areas of dense cropping, and by using these NDVI in the early stages of growing you identify areas that have excess nitrogen, which causes dense crop canopies.
Verifying that machinery is working correctly can be difficult. When applying top-dress nitrogen you need to know that it was applied correctly. Verifying this on the ground can be nearly impossible, but with aerial imagery you can see areas of poor plant health. By looking at how these unhealthy areas are distributed you can determine if the cause is natural, or a mechanical failure.
The cost-effectiveness of aerial imagery comes from the use of precision agricultural application. Knowing where and what type of resources you need to apply to a field reduces the amount of time, energy, and resources spent.
Using nitrogen based fertilizer is a popular practice to increase crop yields. With nitrogen costing $4.40 per gallon, minimizing the amount you need can save you thousands of dollars. In this field we identified areas that would benefit the most from nitrogen fertilizer. By using a variable rate over flat rate, you are able to apply fertilizer over target areas.
Flat Rate: 15 gallons per acre ($66.00 per acre)
Only treating specific areas we use a variable rate of 10.5 gallons per acre ($46.20 per acre)
For a 126 acre pin-wheel field the total flat rate nitrogen cost would be $8,316.00 (1,890 gallons). Variable rate application would only cost $5,821.00 (1,323 gallons). Reducing costs by $2,495.
NDVI maps can also be utilized to locate plant infestations. In this example video we flew a 122 acre corn field that was infested with Canadian Thistle. The farmer applied a flat rate herbicide prescription, with a total cost of $3,424.50. Our NDVIs indicated that only 0.6 acres of the field contained Canada Thistle, less that 1% of the total field. Additionally the herbicide compromised the integrity of the corn stocks. Later in the season the field was subject to high winds that destroyed most of the field.
The health of a plants can be determined by how they reflect light. We see this by dead plants looking tan and brown, while health plants look green. This is because we see light within the visible spectrum (red, green, and blue), but plants reflect light in the visible and near-infrared spectrum. By using special cameras that can detect near-infrared we gather additional information that cannot normal be seen, such as moisture, nutrients, disease, and more.
AgPixel’s data products and reports use information gathered from near-infrared cameras, and by analyzing how this light is reflected off of plant leaves we can generate normalized differential vegetation indexes (NDVI) that show how healthy a plant is. While the science is complex our data can be used by any GIS software and and most farm management software such as SMS, SST Sumit Professional, FarmWorks, and John Deere.
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