Trimble Adds Vegetation Health Monitoring to Connected Farm

PurePixel Precision Vegetation Health Solution latest service for Connected Farm

Published on: Jun 20, 2014

Trimble announced this week that it is adding another new agronomic service to its Connected Farm solution: the PurePixel Precision Vegetation Health Solution.

PurePixel provides specialized processing of multi-spectral images used for crop health analysis. Field images processed with PurePixel technology provide farmers and advisors with a visual representation of the selected field's crop health or maturity level based on a color-coded index.

Since PurePixel filters out non-crop artifacts such as soil, shadows, and surface wetness, it can be used on fields with newly emerged vegetation or fields with full crop canopy, Trimble says.

PurePixel produces a vegetation vigor index map, which is a calibrated representation of vegetation health that can be used to track crop growth and measure the magnitude of difference between areas.

PurePixel Precision Vegetation Health Solution latest service for Connected Farm. (Trimble photo)
PurePixel Precision Vegetation Health Solution latest service for Connected Farm. (Trimble photo)

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Because PurePixel maps use a calibrated index, users can compare multiple images of the same area and visually detect changes in crop health over time. This feature is especially useful for monitoring expected progress in crop growth or improvements in crop health when treating underperforming areas within fields.

According to Trimble, PurePixel allows users to:
• Save time by quickly viewing large areas and identifying specific locations where issues may be present, enabling the farmer or trusted advisor to travel only to the targeted areas versus scouting the entire field
• Make timely early-season decisions on newly emerged crop with PurePixel's ability to significantly reduce image noise enabling critical decisions to be made prior to full crop canopy
• Identify differences in crop health and maturity even when crop health is generally strong
• Assess changes in canopy size and quality by analyzing multiple PurePixel maps from the same field within a season or over several seasons

Trimble's agronomic services
PurePixel is an additional product Trimble has added to its newly launched agronomic suite of services. These services also include the Soil Information System solution, a soil analysis mapping technology.

When PurePixel is used in conjunction with SIS, the savings can be significant. For example, a 200-acre vineyard saved 40% on inputs by leveraging both services leading to an annual savings of $300,000. In addition, the vineyard also was able to maximize its water use.

PurePixel images are accessed through the Connected Farm, which provides one central location for accessing key information impacting farm operations such as rainfall totals, weather forecasts, commodity tracking, planting coverage, yield mapping, fleet management, aerial imaging, and irrigation monitoring and control.

The PurePixel solution is currently available, and can be purchased using the Connected Farm Web site at https://field.connectedfarm.com.

Source: Trimble