From afar: Remote sensing in potatoes actively investigated for its value

Remote sensing in potatoes is being actively investigated for its value in ensuring a high-yielding, healthy crop. Although in its relatively early stages in Canada, data collection through remote means and the related data analysis is developing at a swift pace. Spud Smart magazine gathered several Canadian experts to report on the remote sensing tech being used in potatoes, the present value of the information collected and where the future is headed. How is remote sensing in agriculture currently defined? 

Dr Aitazaz Farooque at the Univ of Prince Edward Island describes it in simple terms as a non-destructive estimation of the state of a crop. “It’s always a prediction, using some sort of sensor – a regular camera, thermal or hyperspectral camera mounted on a drone, airplane, satellite or farm equipment – to gather data on the crop and also in some cases, the soil,” he says. “This data is analyzed and compared to a set of baseline data, leading to effective crop management decisions. Giri Baleri at predictive data analytics company Resson, New Brunswick says more sophisticated remote sensing application is also being achieved through combining remote sensing data with weather information and soil parameters such as moisture content to create prescription maps. Read more