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Developing operational capability of AWiFS for tillage monitoring

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90481
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2009-00302
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied GeoSolutions, LLC
87 PACKERS FALLS RD DURHAM, NH 03824-4813
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Developing operational capability of AWiFS for tillage monitoring
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

Agricultural row crops occupy over 200 m acres of land in the US. Decisions regarding the implementation of tillage practices in these agricultural areas have a significant effect on other environmental outcomes, including soil erosion, water quality, and carbon sequestration. In addition, the effects of tillage practices can vary due to soil type and topographic conditions. There is currently no systematic and cost-effective method for documenting tillage practices, or the resulting effects, over a large region. We believe our tillage practice information system will be of interest to several types of organizations. First, government agencies such as UDSA are tasked with collecting data and information on environmental and agricultural practices. Second, a global market has developed around trading of carbon emissions and carbon sequestration, and watershed level marketplaces trade water quality. When trading the right to emit a pollutant or the service of sequestration, stakeholders have an interest in verifying the service is being provided. The tillage practice information system can be a critical tool for the credit verifier who is responsible for making the trading practice transparent. Currently, tillage practice is mapped via drive-by surveys or site visits, which are expensive and extremely time consuming. Because of this high cost, it is impractical to gather complete tillage practice information for large geographic areas. Third, groups such as CTIC would have interest in maps of tillage practice for watershed water quality estimates and as model inputs.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen Hagen
Research Scientist
6036593363
steve.hagen@agsemail.com

Business Contact:

Stephen Hagen
Research Scientists
6036593363
steve.hagen@agsemail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED GEOSOLUTIONS LLC
87 PACKERS FALLS RD Durham, NH 03824

EIN/Tax ID: 020518753
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No