Break Crops for Soil Nitrogen and GIS/Geomatics/Meteorology Applications

Another interesting story out of ABC Rural about break crops like vetch and chick peas put nitrogen back into the soil naturally to get a more fertile soil in future growing seasons.

GIS/Geomatics and Meteorology can be applied to study and find out the nitrogen recharge rates per acre of soil.  Detailed LiDAR (or derived LiDAR data from AutoDTM) along with modern farm equipment that manages fertilizer output and harvest input each pass along with the daily and accumulated weather conditions will allow better recharge estimates for each acre.  LiDAR data (or ortho image data capture for AutoDTM) scanning can be done with UAVs in Australia today and it has potential to be deployed in the United States for tests in UAV test areas like North Dakota during 2015 and can be deployed in larger areas in the 2016 season as long as the FAA gives commercial drone approval in September 2015.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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