Building an Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2011-02352
Agency Tracking Number: 2011-02352
Amount: $460,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-00339
Small Business Information
87 PACKERS FALLS RD, Durham, NH, 03824-4318
DUNS: 091440904
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Hagen
 Senior Research Scientist
 (603) 659-3363
Business Contact
 William Salas
Title: President
Phone: (603) 292-5747
Research Institution
Agricultural row crops occupy hundreds of million acres of land in the United States. 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. Currently, agricultural tillage practices are typically mapped at the regional level using a drive-by survey method, which is time consuming, expensive, and limited in spatial extent and temporal sampling. The high cost, in time and resources, of identifying tillage practices across a large region using this traditional drive-by survey is prohibitive. The use of remote sensing data for mapping tillage practices across large regions represents a cost efficient solution. With funding from the USDA, we will build a prototype operational tillage practice monitoring platform (OpTIS) that will systematically provide information about the spatial and temporal dynamics of tillage practices through a web-GIS environment.

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