Weathering the Storms: Crop Damage and AgMRI

Here in the Midwest, we’ve had our fair share of storms lately, and while many growers were hoping for rain earlier this month, storms can often create a whole host of problems ranging from standing water to damaged leaves—and in the worst cases—broken stalks.

When such damage occurs, it’s important to be able to identify the extent of the damage to determine your next move, but sometimes this damage can occur in places where it’s not easily visible, which is where AgMRI can help:

Identify Wet Spots

Using the thermal tool, you can identify wet spots in the field, which will typically show up as cooler (blue) areas.

Spot Weather Damage

After severe weather, ill-effects on crops may not yet be visible in NDVI, and satellite may not be able to pick up the extent of the damage. AgMRI’s high-resolution RGB imagery can help you identify the full extent of the damage so you can ensure accuracy in any claims – but the benefits don’t end there.

Crops damaged by severe weather will suffer ill effects throughout the remainder of the season. Any energy the plant puts toward overcoming damage comes at the expense of the plant’s yield. Monitoring damaged areas with frequent flights ensure you aren’t caught by surprise at the end of the season.

RGB image showing storm damage patterns in AgMRI—before they are visible in NDVI.

Ground-truth photos of the storm-damaged area shown in the RGB imagery at left.

Like all issues, AgMRI can help you quantify the affected area, whether through the computer-generated anomalies or ones you draw.