New Satellite Image Crop Maps Available for Nebraska - UNL CropWatch, August 19, 2011

New Satellite Image Crop Maps Available for Nebraska - UNL CropWatch, August 19, 2011

August 19, 2011

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released satellite image maps depicting crop patterns for 2010. These images, referred to as the Cropland Data Layer, can be used in geographic information system (GIS) applications.

When the satellite image maps are used in a GIS and combined with other data layers such as soil, transportation networks, or weather contours, they can be helpful in crop rotation and watershed analyses and soils utilization over large areas.

A DVD/CD-ROM is available by region for $35. No individually reported data from any farm is included or derivable from the CD-ROM. This aligns with NASS policy to strictly protect the confidentiality of farmer reported data.

To order, visit the NASS Web site at http://www.nass.usda.gov/research/Cropland/SARS1a.htm and click Order forms or Now Available CD-ROM and/or DVD. For additional information, call USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Nebraska Field Office at 1-800-582-6443.