Using satellite data to monitor crop yields

Big data has been increasingly utilized in agriculture in recent years, but one of the more interesting applications has emerged in a recent paper from the University of Illinois.  It utilizes the full electromagnetic spectrum captured by satellite imaging to solve a range of complex agricultural problems.

“In places where we may see just the color green in crops, electromagnetic imaging from satellites reveals much more information about what’s actually happening in the leaves of plants and even inside the canopy. How to leverage this information is the challenge,” the authors say. “Using various spectral bands and looking at them in an integrated way, reveals rich information for improving crop yield.”

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