In an era when unmanned aerial systems seem to be the inevitable future for agricultural data collection, one implement dealer has started offering a service of collecting data for customers with a Cessna airplane, flown by an actual pilot, reports Mikkel Pates, Forum News Service, on PraireBizMag.com.
Haug Implement of Willmar, MN, offers data gathering and processing service in central Minnesota, and is expanding.
The company captures images at a 2- to 10-inch resolution.
They are Minnesota’s dealer for AgPixel Agricultural Service, a team of remote sensing and geospatial analysis experts based in Johnston, Iowa. Among other things, AgPixel provides “secure private data storage,” on a physical server, not a cloud-based system.
The system offers multiple data formats, including various orthomosaic (geometrically corrected, high-quality stitching) images. They are provided in various forms — synthesized natural color, color-infrared, colorized NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index), among others.