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Precision Ag


Precision AgSubscription and On-demand imagery in season tuned to your management cycle.

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Precision Ag


Precision AgSubscription and On-demand imagery in season tuned to your management cycle.

 
 

PRECISION AGRICULTURE


TacAero captures and processes aerial images to generate NDVI and other imaging tools to support farmers in their continual quest to improve yield and quality.  Multi-spectral pictures (red, green, blue, infrared, etc.) of a crop shows the variation of photosynthetic activity across a crop.  This "stress" map is used to manage water, fertilization, harvest, and other activities to increase yield/quality and improve efficiency.

 

 
 

Points of Contact

 

Willy Mekeel:
Ag Specialist | MidWest Ag
WMekeel@TacAero.com
320.226.7712

Bill Briskey:
Program Manager | NorthWest Ag
BBriskey@TacAero.com
541.286.5465

 
 

TacAero has become a regional expert for aerial imaging of soybean and corn crops in the MidWest and has expanded to target vineyard, hop, cereal, potato, orchard, seed, nut, berry, and other crops more common in the Northwestern US.  Our high-resolution images utilize multi-spectral data including thermal information to assist growers with managing plant health down to the individual plant if desired.  TacAero's technology has been proven to aid with the precision management of water, insects, disease, nutrient application, and harvest planning.  Contact us today to learn what we have done for other growers!

 

Data Delivery

Your crop images can be viewed on your office computer or mobile device and are provided in KMZ and/or geo-tif formats.  Images include NDVI, Color, Color Infrared, Near-Infrared, Thermal, GNDVI, and others.  They are geo-registered and ortho-rectified, meaning that the image is lined up with the Earth's surface so you can use it in a GPS mapping program.  For example: you can see them on Google Earth, open them with a simple picture viewer, or load them into comprehensive farm management software platforms such as AgWorld, Agrian, ICropTrak, FarmWorks, etc.


 
 

Application Quality

Plugged nozzles, broken lines, or simply poor driving leads to gaps in coverage.  Images collected after an application can clearly show how well the plants were covered because the plants will respond right away.  Some growers will compare these pictures to yield information later in the season and can learn just how much a poor application cost them.


 

Crop Protection

Weather conditions sometimes prevent planting, harvesting, or can outright damage crops.  Many times the impact can be seen and measured using aerial images, providing valuable support for a crop insurance claim.  Our geo-registered images can be used in conjunction with yield maps or other data to help quantize the actual value impact of the event.


 

Hybrid & Harvest Planning

Relating a crop's yield to previous events is powerful, as it provides concrete information that can be applied to improve yield quantity and quality.  Having a picture that shows where the differences were provides even more leverage.  Images have been successfully used to estimate crop yield, create zones for harvesting at the optimum time or area, and compare one seed to another hybrid during and at the end of the season.  An image captured just before harvest provides an "active biomass estimate" that relates to next season's fertilizer requirements.


 

Crop Scouting

Physically traveling to an area that might need attention is a requirement; aerial views make it a lot easier to find those areas.  Sometimes a picture simply confirms that you don't have a problem.  Another benefit of high-resolution images is the opportunity to use them to create digital elevation maps to estimate biomass volumes and elevation variation across a farm.


 

Thermal Drainage Tile Mapping

Water drainage on a farm can be critical to consistent performance.  Plants respond dramatically to water access, but this is not easily seen by our eyes.  Thermal imaging takes detection to another level and can even show where drain tiles are located from viewing the plant response to water availability.  


 

Predictive Yield & Harvest Analysis

Yield is emphasized heavily since it and quality are the primary goals of farming.  Knowing the end results and being able to relate that to specific inputs in an area, row, or even to a specific plant is key to achieving consistent production, year after year.  Yield data could come from a harvester, or it could be estimated from manual samples that are collected at locations identified by aerial images.


Definitions

  • NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) is an image created by combining red and near-infrared images together.
  • NIR (Near-Infrared) is a range of light energy that is invisible to us, but whose wavelengths are near to what our eyes see as red light
  • CIR (Color Infrared) is an image created using near-infrared, red, and green light energy
  • CLR (Color) is an image created from capturing energy from red, green, and blue light energy
  • Thermal is infrared energy that represents heat.  It is made up of longer wavelengths than NIR