Satellite and Drone Images for Pecan Scouting
Updated: Sep 15, 2019
There is nothing like being able to take a long look at your orchard to see the big picture. That recently became very true for me when I got to take a hard look at Jeff Loudermilk's orchard near Downing in Comanche County. Jeff volunteered to help me with a project looking at both satellite and drone images to scout for problems or issues. I am using Encirca Services from DuPont Pioneer to get nearly daily satellite images of selected orchards or fields. If you look at the picture above it is a drone image at about 400 feet of Jeff's orchard. I fly the drone at this height with the camera down taking images that I can then look at for differences. The photo on the below has two images, the right is a simple satellite photo and the image on the left is called a plant health image that shows better plant health with blue to less plant health as lime green.
What is the difference in the trees? Well, I didn't know, but when I sent the pictures to Jeff he shot back with, "that blue is where I put the new product you gave me!" I am doing some testing with a product called ProAcqua Pulse from Compass Minerals. It is a foliar product that we hope gets in the leaves really well - and I think it does. Thanks to Jeff Loudermilk for allowing me to test the satellite imagery and for trying new things. I'll keep you posted on with ways I find to use this new image technology for orchards.