Remote sensing is defined as collecting information about objects (e.g., soil or crop surfaces) from remote platforms like satellites, aircraft or ground-based booms. This practice involves the collection and analysis of reflected light and is a potentially important source of data for making site-specific crop management decisions. John Shanahan, DuPont Pioneer agronomy research manager, notes that remote sensing tools can provide information not only about spatial variability within fields but also changes in crop conditions throughout the growing season.
In a 2013 pilot program, DuPont Pioneer is providing remote sensing imagery services to growers though Pioneer Field360 services. Images in this program can be used to develop management zone-directed soil sampling schemes, validating hybrid tests or evaluating other agronomic practices on your farm. Imagery does not replace the need for crop scouting. Instead, it directs growers to areas of the field that require ground evaluation. To support this effort, Pioneer has prepared background information on remote sensing via the DuPont Pioneer Crop Insights online.