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Crop and range alert system in the U.S. northern Great Plains
Author(s): Santhosh K. Seelan; Ofer Beeri; David Baumgardner; Grant Casady; Soizik Laguette; George Seielstad
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Paper Abstract

The Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium has developed a crop and range alert system to provide farmers, ranchers, land managers from the Native American Community, government agencies and non-governmental organizations with frequent and near real time remote sensing data to enable decisions that both maximize the producer's income and protect the environment. The project, started in 1999, includes the establishment of a learning community network of end users, fast delivery of data to remote locations, applications development and training. More than a hundred and fifty end users and research scientists participated in this learning group in which information is shared in all directions. Over fifty end users were connected via high-bandwidth satellite link to a central distribution system at the University of North Dakota. They received and shared products derived from AVHRR, MODIS, Landsat, IKONOS and aerial platforms. A number of practical applications were developed for precision farming, such as zone-based nitrogen management, stress detection, spray drift detection, and for rangeland management, such as weed detection, livestock carrying capacity, and livestock field rotations. Several instances of cost savings and higher earnings occurred. More importantly, the imagery use resulted in lesser use of chemicals in farming and ranching, leading to environmental benefits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4879, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology IV, (17 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.462417
Show Author Affiliations
Santhosh K. Seelan, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Ofer Beeri, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
David Baumgardner, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Grant Casady, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Soizik Laguette, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
George Seielstad, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4879:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology IV
Manfred Owe; Guido D'Urso; Leonidas Toulios, Editor(s)

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