Building an Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$460,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2011-02352
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2011-02352
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
091440904
Principal Investigator:
StephenHagen
Senior Research Scientist
(603) 659-3363
shagen@appliedgeosolutions.com
Business Contact:
WilliamSalas
President
(603) 292-5747
wsalas@agsemail.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
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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