For more than 15 years, Agri ImaGIS Technologies has been using technology to help farmers worldwide to manage their fields more effectively and has become a leader in remote-sensing for the agriculture industry. Agri ImaGIS uses satellite imagery to map vegetation density and create variable rate prescription maps to more accurately apply fertilizer and other inputs.
In 1998, Agri ImaGIS was the first in its field to provide an online system for downloading images through its website, www.Satshot.com. Today the company provides its services completely via the internet which enables them to support customers around the world. For one dollar per acre, customers can analyze imagery, create zone maps and create and export variable rate prescription maps for efficient management of crop inputs. Customers have the opportunity to get updated satellite imagery multiple times a year. Plus, they receive access to its archive of over 10 years worth of imagery, all for the same cost.
“Satellite imagery has been proven to be a viable data source for defining management zones in a variety of crops all around the world,” says Lanny Faleide, company president. Variable-rate application of fertilizer, seed, chemical, and other products has been shown to increase yields and decrease input costs.
“The system is designed to provide quick access while being easy to use,” he continues. “It is our goal to stay at the leading edge of precision agriculture and remote-sensed imagery to help manage crop production for a growing population.”
The company has also developed a mapping system for use by the crop insurance industry. Satellite imagery provides a crop assessment to help verify crop insurance claims.
The next generation of technology at Agri ImaGIS is “SatShot Mobile,” which is a cell phone application.
“Right now we have developed an application that allows our customers to analyze satellite imagery of their fields on their cell phone” says Faleide. When not next to a computer, the cell phone application can be used for crop scouting and saving analysis back to the mapping system. “SatShot Mobile” will be be available late 2009.
This summer, Agri ImaGIS will be rolling out its new mapping system, “Satshot 3D”. The system will have all of the same functionality of the current system, but with added features that enable the user to bring in more pieces of data to help create a 3D look at crops.
Yield maps, topography maps, soils maps and soil conductivity maps will be available to upload, along with free soil and color photo map downloads. “Satshot 3D” will also have similar features to today’s more commonly known mapping systems that have a 3D globe effect along with easy pan, zoom, and searching tools.
“Farmers need an avenue that is simple, easy and cost effective to more effectively manage their operation,” says Faleide. “We feel we have built a system that can help them do just that.”
For more information visit the Agri ImaGIS web site.