The Innovation Lab at SST Software announced that its FarmRite customers using SST Summit Professional will have the ability to preview and order in-season satellite imagery products from imagery provider RapidEye to help identify nutrient needs, recognize potential risks and devise solutions supporting this season’s crops.
RapidEye has begun tasking satellites to acquire imagery across the more than 50 million acres of crop land being managed with SST Software products. RapidEye is beginning to deliver timely, repeatable field level imagery through the Premium Services portal in SST Summit Professional. Users will preview the variability of available field imagery, purchase only those considered valuable and download them as useable, agX compliant, data layers.
SST customer Doug Weist of FarmTech, based in Montana says there are many opportunities where in-season imagery can help identify in-season crop issues.
“We have found crop density maps to work really well,” says Weist. “Processed imagery helps identify zones for tissue sampling, which is used to calibrate the image data. Next, application maps are created to address differences in nitrogen across the field.”
Service providers using this type of imagery are enabled to identify field level solutions and apply them before folks without imagery may even recognized a need exists and with a lot less time in the field. Matt Waits, vice president of SST Software, says that this service has been in the works for some time.
“We are excited to have completed the integration of the RapidEye offering and have been thrilled with the feedback we are hearing from Growers benefiting from RapidEye imagery products,” says Waits. “With agriculture’s increasing demand for information products to help make informed decisions from collected data, we are excited to be helping service providers focus on the needs and expectations of their growers.”
Repeatability is a major advantage with the products RapidEye is integrating with SST Summit.
“Tasking our satellites to regularly acquire images over the field boundary footprint of SST Software will greatly improve our ability to deliver immediately valuable imagery based on customer demand,” said Clint Graumann, head of direct sales at RapidEye.
For more information about getting access to and purchasing RapidEye imagery products within SST Summit, visit the Premium Services Site. Growers interested in purchasing in-season imagery may contact the service provider and ask them to contact SST Software at 888.377.5334 to have the RapidEye imagery product assigned to their FarmRite account.