Harvest Timing with Thermal


Maximize the effectiveness of your harvest operations by taking a quick glance through all your fields using the thermal lens to estimate dry-down. The hotter the image, the dryer the crop, and thus the closest to harvest! Read on for a few tips to help you get the most out of your last flight.

At-a-Glance Insight with Thermal Sorting:

  • Average Thermal Sort tells you which fields are the hottest and likely the driest. Hopefully, there will be no surprises…but if there are, you’ll be able to send someone to check it out before harvest operations are in full swing!
  • Thermal High Area totals the area of the field that is hotter than average. This way, even if part of the field is still a ways away from harvest, you can be alerted to areas or hybrids that reached maturation early and may need to be harvested before the rest of the field.

Thermal Anomalies:

If you’re more interested in getting a deep look at a single field rather than your entire operation, AgMRI’s thermal anomalies can help quickly identify areas of thermal variance.

Pay close attention to areas with high thermal and low NDVI values, which may be at risk of shattering. In the below example, you can see an area with an unusually high thermal value at left. That same area shows up in NDVI – pinpointing an area that has died earlier than the rest of the field.

Really “Nail” Harvest:

Use the thumbnail view to get quick, yet effective, thermal insights. Looking for patterns in the thumbnail view helps isolate fields with abnormal or uneven dry down.