Use Satellite Imagery to Scout Fields with Your FBN® Membership

Brian Paff

Sep 08, 2021

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Today’s farmers know the value satellite imagery can bring to their operation. It has the potential to serve as your scout in the sky, giving you a bird’s eye view of your crops with regular progress updates and an overview of stress spots you may not notice from the ground.

With a free FBN® membership*, you can put our satellite imagery tools to work on your farms and fields at no cost to your operation.

Get satellite imagery for your farm.

Become an FBN® member today

How does satellite imagery work in the FBN app?

Once you enter field boundaries into your FBN member account, we’ll provide you with EVI (Enhanced Vegetation Index) images to help you track progress throughout the growing season.

EVI images assess vegetation biomass by looking at the difference in light reflected in near-infrared and visible bands, compensating for atmospheric distortions and those due to the ground cover below the canopy. 

In addition, EVI has higher sensitivity to dense vegetation and can provide an indication of the stage of crop growth and health. 

Our application uses three layers of imagery, each giving you a unique perspective of individual fields on your operation: 

  • Absolute - Can show how far along a crop is in its growth, identify the variation of vegetative vigor within a field and compare a field’s vegetative growth against other fields on the operation.

  • Relative - Amplifies the variation of the absolute layer across a green to red color scale. This layer is used to identify the variation of vegetative growth within a single field.

  • Raw - Provides a raw image of the field on the date the image was taken. This layer can be used to identify clouds or shadows of clouds that might be showing up in the EVI layers.

By using multiple layers across various stages of crop development, our satellite imagery provides you with a very high level of usable imagery for your fields. 

From the convenience of your mobile phone, you can see how weather events such as wind or hail storms affected your crops, where weeds may need to be addressed and more.

You can also enable push notifications within the app to alert you when meaningful changes in the imagery data occur.

New images are loaded every five to seven days, and members can access images going back 12 months.

Satellite imagery informs the FBN Yield Prediction tool

Weighing factors such as satellite imagery data, field location, field and regional yield history, weather and other agronomic data, our FBN Yield Prediction tool delivers in-season updates** every three days to your mobile phone or desktop application. 

Access to these estimates — and receiving updated values throughout the year — can help you make all-important decisions about in-season applications as well as seed selection for the following crop year.

The Yield Prediction tool currently covers corn, beans, canola and wheat. 

All you have to do is add corresponding planting events to your fields in your FBN app and the tool will be able to begin generating predicted yields for each field; the more data you contribute, the more informed your estimates will be.

Create your free account and start making the most of satellite imagery 

Want the field scouting support satellite imagery can provide?

Sign up for a free member account and enter your field boundaries to get set up with satellite imagery for your operation.

* Fees may apply for certain product and service offerings other than FBN membership. Free membership is currently available to Canadian farmers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

** Yield predictions are based on statistical and agronomic models, research and data (including historical weather and agronomic data), and information provided by other FBN members and you, to generate the estimates and other information we provide. These do not guarantee actual results. Our models, data and recommendations may change over time. Individual results may vary, as weather, agronomic conditions and farming practices differ across growers, locations and years. Consult your agronomist and other service professionals before making financial, risk management and farming decisions.

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Brian Paff

Sep 08, 2021

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