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Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Dynamic Panoramic is a column by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. Mr. Stojic is a renowned geospatial industry expert who shares his insights into how geospatial information is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes.

Enhancing Crop Management with Geospatial Technologies

July 24th, 2012 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

As we all know, the right geospatial solutions can be used for virtually any industry sector that needs spatial data for enhanced decision making. However, many of us in the geospatial industry often focus on only a few core markets.

Recently, Intergraph hosted a webinar about the use of geospatial technologies for better crop management.  The response was overwhelming.  Clearly, there is a significant demand for spatial data in the agriculture sector.

Using remotely-sensed data in agriculture analysis enables organizations to make critical decisions to correct issues with the seasonal crop.  Crop analysis such as characteristic definition, health and stress detection, change detection and understanding the effects of environmental factors can all be used to make efficient and valuable decisions in a timely manner.

The high cost of remotely sensed data can be challenging in this market. Fortunately, the price of data has gone down tremendously, enabling organizations to purchase imagery of their fields several times a season. This enhances an organization’s need for a data management solution, while also broadening the range of analysis opportunities.

Our recent webinar presented a unique web solution based on Intergraph software and RapidEye satellite imagery.  We also showcased how – using OGC standards – the use of the Model Maker tool in ERDAS IMAGINE allowed an agriculture provider in Brazil to implement and supply server-side geoprocesses using ERDAS APOLLO.

The end result was the development of actionable change-detection information during the sugar cane crop season in Brazil.  Brazil is the largest producer of sugar cane in the world – so this type of information is truly invaluable as it affects distribution and pricing globally.

Agriculture is a market that affects all of us, clearly tied to the land and the impacts of change. Geospatial technologies serving this marketing will continue to grow as their unique workflows are adequately addressed.

Be sure to check out the full webinar here.

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