SST Software will soon offer remote sensing services to growers and ag service providers in partnership with GeoVantage, a company statement said Wednesday.
The partnership will enable SST to provide ordering, acquisition and delivery of multispectral imagery across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. SST's software currently manages approximately 85 million acres of farmland across 23 countries.
Remote sensing obtains data about an object from a distance. Since plants absorb or reflect certain bands of light according to their health, monitoring light reflectance with remote sensing technologies reveals zones of crop stress long before they are visible to the naked eye. This gives farmers and agronomists a head start on treating yield threatening conditions.
"Although precision ag practices are maturing in many areas, we see the utilization of multispectral imagery as one of the next big waves of site-specific farming," said Tim Riley, SST business development director. "In-season imagery provides benefits for growers and agronomists in the areas of crop scouting, plant health assessment, nutrient management, identification of compaction zones, growth canopy measurements, mechanical errors in application equipment and insurance claims."
SST will initially offer four-band multispectral imagery for red, green, blue, and near infrared along with a calculated Normalized Difference Vegetation Index through satellite acquisition and special aircraft mounted cameras.
According to Riley, the future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is exciting but the technology still needs to mature before it will be ready for widespread use.
"The acquisition model has to be economically beneficial to the farmer and easily executable on a large scale for the ag service provider," Riley said, adding that the partnership with GeoVantage provides the vital elements of rapid response and high-quality acquisition at an economically justifiable price point.