Tech Journal: Immediate Access to Aerial Imagery

February 10, 2016 07:00 AM

Immediate Access to Aerial Imagery

Sentera’s AgVault 2.0 allows farmers to instantly use crop health imagery collected by UAV, satellite, manned aircraft or mobile app. The software functions offline, enabling growers to make decisions deep in the field. 

Users can access high-resolution RGB, near-infrared and normalized difference vegetation index imagery immediately after gathering data with a UAV. The AgVault 2.0 package organizes data into a field map to see plant-specific photos and address problem areas.

All images and data points can be shared and exported. “Sharing imagery and field data with third parties allows farmers to quickly gain valuable insight on a problem area, without the agronomist visiting the field,” says Kris Poulson, vice president of agriculture for Sentera. 

AgVault 2.0 is sensor, drone and equipment agnostic. Imagery is saved to an encrypted cloud server and is available instantly. 

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Big Additions for Nozzle Control System

The Hawkeye Nozzle Control System from Raven Industries sports virtual section capability, Sidekick Pro direct injection compatibility, new sprayer kits and Hawkeye HD individual nozzle on or off.


The virtual section capability provides more on or off control—up to 16 sections—and higher return on investment than traditional shut-off systems. Sidekick Pro direct injection compatibility allows for application flexibility, enabling additional chemicals to be injected in the line, without tank mixing or clean-out. In tandem with a Viper 4 field computer, Hawkeye allows up to five injection systems on one machine.

Hawkeye’s versatility fits with Case IH, AGCO, New Holland, Miller and Equipment Technologies sprayers—and soon will be available on John Deere and Fast Nitrogen applicators. Hawkeye HD provides individual nozzle on or off, with precision to reduce skips and overlaps. Present Hawkeye customers can upgrade to HD with an unlock.

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Mobile Grain Bins on the Turnrow

Harvest Containers might be a buffer for the bottlenecks that come during harvest. Durio Enterprises began developing Harvest Containers in 2008, after owner Charles Durio observed cotton modules lined up along turnrows and wondered if the same approach could be used for grain and seed crops.

Many farmers can’t afford or justify permanent grain storage facilities but are left with fewer marketing options. Durio Enterprises has developed a drop-off dumpster system with a 20' intermodal shipping container modified with aeration options and filled from the top. When a producer needs storage space, Harvest Containers are delivered and grain is dried in the field. When it’s time to sell days, weeks or months later, the containers are collected upon request and grain is delivered according to sale terms. They empty through bottom sliding panels operated by an air wrench.

“We have an aeration module run by two fans mounted in the ceiling, and a fumigation system is optional. You can do anything with this system you can do at an elevator,” Durio says. 

Essentially mobile grain bins, Harvest Containers have a 900-bu. capacity. “The system is ideal for small or beginning farmers—whenever, wherever and as long as they are needed,” Durio adds.

According to Durio, Harvest Containers provide marketing options, reduce dependency on grain trailers and eliminate time lost during elevator waits. In addition, they relieve capital investment in grain- storage facilities, and regulate grain moisture and preserve quality.

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Spell Check

Dan Wiskamp
Freeburg, IL
2/11/2016 07:22 AM

  Red Bud Industries did this back in the 1980's very much the same Idea with drying floor and fans on top it never paned out for them . Just think in ann 80 acre field with 200 bushel corn how many of these would be required

Blue Springs, MO
2/24/2016 01:20 PM

  Mr. Wiskamp, you're right. It would take 18 containers. However, for this size of a farm, a high % of crop will probably be sold via trucks for working cash. However, the containers could be used to store crop that is too high moisture for immediate delivery and that % could give the farmer some marketing options as well as shorten harvest time. Thanks for the Red Bud Industries history.

Blue Springs, MO
2/24/2016 02:32 PM

  To clarify, the article likens the Harvest Containers system to a drop-off dumpster system which is a RENTAL system. The containers and its options are not normally purchased.


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