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Vegetation monitoring

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Has anyone already tried vegetation monitoring systems on own fields? It becomes popular to use satellites imagery instead of traditional (f.e.) GreenSeeker or FieldScout. But I've never tried it; only have seen on the screen for a few times, so couldn't test its utility. I tried to evaluate the real economy effect, but for a final model I need to enter initial cost for monitoring.

To cut a long story short me and my team are currently trying to improve a crop farming business in Western Ukraine with a total field area of about 7,500 hectares. And we've found out that it would be necessary to establish a controlling system to reduce costs and to find the violators.
Author :          s_koshevoj
Date Posted : 2/21/2013 4:07:44 AM
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Hi again!

Yesterday I received an offer from satellite field management system called Cropio (USA/Germany origin). At first glance looks attractive. Tomorrow I'll see a presentation and ask questions to CIS representatives team. I've also received same offer from Russian Vega service and eLeaf from Netherlands.

What I liked for Cropio is relatively lower price (incl. the discount for larger land are under monitoring) as compared to eLeaf and much better and understandable interface as compared to Vega. Moreover today I had a short meeting with agronomists and they've considered Cropio usability as "fine". If I'm eager to train anyone - from local field manager to shareholder to use this system and don't find any mismatches as compared to advertising booklet - I can point it out as potential vendor to be contracted.

Well, let's see what happens tomorrow. What is currently not clear for me is (1) regularity of updates (2) precision of weather forecast (3) potential compatibility with machinery and accounting systems.
Date Posted : 2/25/2013 5:16:22 AM
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Hi again...

I'm finally back after my business trip. It's a sad fact for me that no one has answered in my topic. Still I 'd like to continue my story about satellite monitoring experience.

What I've seen on the presentation..well, it was positively impressive.

(1) The system really provides non-stop updates and even automatically sends warning messages.

(2) Now I'm running a test account. The forecasts from the system correspond to actual weather data. It is snow now in Ukraine, but Cropio manages this hardships.

(3) Machinery computers enjoys compatibility with the system, currently Cropio engineers elaborate 1C compatibility for my needs.

Still I'd like some one to add any critics or offer me an analogous system at better price or with much wider functions list.
Date Posted : 3/12/2013 5:19:48 AM
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Hi s_koshevoj !
Now I am looking for information about the use of satellite technologies in agriculture and have already found a number of positive comments about it. As far I can see you should be quite experienced user of it till now. So I have I huge number of questions:
1) How do you evaluate the work of this technologies?
2) Is it easy in use? (What devices or experience you should have to use it?)
3) Was it really helpful for your farm?
4) Did you got the trial version for free?

Hope for your answer)
Date Posted : 6/5/2013 3:34:23 AM
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well, talking about the functions of the system, here is partially described some of them. http://ieassa.org/en/satellites-as-a-bridge-to-new-agronomic-era/
1) I think that is to early fro evaluation, we will see the results just in autumn, after harvest
2) Quite easy.You should have at list some experience of using computer and net.
3)=1)
4) yes, the trial version was for freen
Date Posted : 6/13/2013 2:39:39 AM
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direct link again _)
Link/URL:   http://ieassa.org/en/satellites-as-a-bridge-to-new-agronomic-era/
Author :          Alejandro
Date Posted : 6/14/2013 3:25:58 AM
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It is so sad that there is no new information about satellite field management system, cause as far as I know there are some new options there.
Date Posted : 6/18/2013 4:20:15 AM
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I've also noticed the problem to make people believe that modern technologies work. Agronomist are dedicated to the stuff they use for ages and it is sometimes difficult to force them to work with computer, GPS etc.
Date Posted : 6/19/2013 4:08:50 AM
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There are always problems with implantation of smth new, and just in agriculture. As far as I understood, this association (link bellow was already given before) is trying to prepare and convince modern farmers to introduce a huge number of up-to-dayed standards and techniks
Link/URL:   http://ieassa.org/en/home/
Author :          Alejandro
Date Posted : 6/20/2013 7:27:45 AM
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You are absolutely right, Alejandro. One of the problem in my country is that there are no modern and common standards, which will be compulsory.
Date Posted : 6/25/2013 11:58:24 AM
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I think the problem of association, the links of which You gave, is that there is information about technologies, but still there are now standards proclaimed.
Coming back to crop monitoring systems I have experience of communicating with a couple of companies, who provide such technology. And I've developed smth like selection criterion for them:
1) quality and resolution of images ( at list 30*30)
2) relief consideration
3) Use of NDVI
4) high professionalism of service team (quick reaction)
5) regular updates.
Link/URL:   http://ieassa.org/en/home/
Author :          Hanna
Date Posted : 7/1/2013 3:00:06 AM
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You know there are some news about satellite monitoring. Also, I have heard that one of the company. who provides satellite monitoring services has introduced new topografoc maps and new precise images (www.cropio.com)
Link/URL:   http://agrodaily.com/2013/07/02/cropio-is-introducing-relief-topographic-maps/
Author :          Oleg_I
Date Posted : 7/3/2013 4:37:45 AM
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It is a hot season for satellite crop monitoring companies. You can see press-releases one-by-one on news websites. E.g. there are some new services implemented by Geosys, but I haven't caught the idea. Cropio launches new services almost every two weeks as I see.. Some weeks ago they have introduced "soil moisture" service and I've heard that they are going to introduce some new services connected with data storage.
Link/URL:   http://agrodaily.com/2013/07/15/946/
Author :          s_koshevoj
Date Posted : 8/1/2013 3:55:49 AM
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There is nothing strange in the fact that satellite crop monitoring companies are introducing new functions: competitiveness is growing. + Satellite monitoring is young and not so well-developed as other technologies, what means that there is a good place to experiment, explore and innovate
Date Posted : 8/1/2013 4:26:45 AM
  
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