Fall Project – Aerial Study

In the past week, AgMarket.Net Farm Division of JSA, JSA Corporate, and private investors have flown the entire corn belt taking pictures every 20 miles to grid the health of the finishing crops. This Project captured 740 pictures, approximately 224,960 acres. A map below shows the flight pattern across the United States including Ohio Indiana Michigan and west into Nebraska and the Dakotas.

The purpose of this study is twofold. Our primary objective is to keep our clients informed about the health of this crop more than anyone in the industry. One of the best ways to do that is to actually see what is going on rather than simply providing opinions based on historical data. Our second objective is to further develop an agronometric algorithm that will help us measure the crop with a high degree of accuracy. More information about that project should be available in 2020.

This map shows you the flight patterns taken across the growing areas https://www.agmarket.net/fall-project-2019.
Simply go to the link and enlarge the map up just a little bit to click on any dot which represents a photo taken. You should see one hi res picture that represents approximately 640 acres as well as an ultra high res picture that is a zoomed in section of the center of that photo. Click on this short tutorial to get the most out of this information. We believe taking 20 minutes to look at this study will give you a good idea what’s going on. We encourage you to look at these pictures to assess your own conclusion of the crop.

Our observations suggest that the areas on the map to the right colored in orange represent high stress areas, the area in green represent the best potential crop areas and a wide variety of crop health exists everywhere else. We did observe some fields in the S-T flight pattern and east that had not even tasseled yet. The pilot confirmed that he was seeing more of that than he expected. We also observed a significant difference between early planted crops which showed many more signs of crop stress, compaction, poor stands then the later planted crops which showed good crop health and strong stands. We noticed many bean fields that had discoloration areas. We also had a person on the ground checking fields that we had photo’d. His observations repeatedly expressed concern for beans that did not have good pod counts. Finally, we phone surveyed several farmers on flight paths North of Interstate 80 and found that between 10 and 65% of their crops were still in milk stage. Using the U of I GDD calculator, approximately 25% of these fields will never reach maturity regardless of a freeze. The crop simply cannot get enough energy from historical temperature ranges to finish. We believe that this is not representative have a crop that will reach near record yield levels and believe USDA projections will be lowered in the next 3 months as these observations become reality.

Here are some HiRes pics randomly selected from flight paths:

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