Understanding which fields are ready for planting with AgMRI
Advice from our Senior Agronomist
By Ivan “Alex” Dozier, Senior Agronomist
As we suffer through a wet week in Illinois, the team at IntelinAir is wishing you thoughts of properly drained fields and AgMRI thermal imagery.
We’re already gearing up for the growing season and finding ways to provide value before the first seed is in the ground. AgMRI’s thermal images may be able to help you organize your early season operations and manage 2018 planting with confidence and efficiency.
Thermal imagery is a game of correlation: we use long-wave infrared radiation to give us insights on the temperature profile of the field, but we can also make correlations to other weather-sensitive metrics such as grain moisture and anaerobic zones. One of our biggest epiphanies from the spring of 2017 was the ability of thermal imagery to help determine soil moisture – alerting you to wet spots and letting you know which fields are dry enough for equipment traffic.
Oftentimes, a field will appear ready to plant with a quick check around the field edges and/or through the middle but once you start running the planter through the field, unknown wet areas can result in avoidable replant zones, compaction issues, and equipment stuck in the mud.
AgMRI’s thermal imagery can not only help you avoid issues in a specific field, but can also help make management-timing decisions across your entire operation! By arranging your fields in order of their average thermal reading, you can get at-a-glace insights as to which fields are ready for planting, spraying, and other pre-season activity.
When the season begins, don’t let yourself be stuck in the mud. Use AgMRI’s thermal lens paired with our unique sorting features to get the 2018 growing season off to a great start!