sprinklers

Feb 12, 2020
Landsat: Farming Data From Space

With Landsat data, farmers can find new ways to grow more crops with less water.

EVI2 map of Central CA

Dec 13, 2019
Using NASA’s Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 Product to Give Farmers Real-Time Crop Health Information

IndigoAg is using HLS data to help fulfill its mission of making farms more profitable and sustainable.

water use map for Roswell, NM

Dec 12, 2019
Improving Water Management in New Mexico with Landsat and ECOSTRESS

New Mexico is one of the most arid states in the US, and precise and accurate information on water use is of utmost importance.

Arequipa, Peru

Dec 10, 2019
Arid-Region Agriculture in Arequipa, Peru

Landsat has helped map the expansion of intensive agriculture in arid Arequipa, Peru.

tractor in a field

Dec 10, 2019
Landsat Helps Pick Winter Cover Crops

Remote sensing can aid the monitoring and evaluation of incentivized farming programs like the one in Maryland.

farm fields north of St. Louis

Nov 27, 2019
Satellites Track Status of Nation’s Food Supply

Farmers across the Midwest are in a race to finish harvesting their corn, soybean, and other staples of the Thanksgiving dinner table before the first crop killing freeze sets in.

Jake Disney

Oct 29, 2019
Landsat Images Help Wyoming Students Discern Problems on Family Lands

Wyoming students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are using Landsat images to gauge and improve lands owned by their families.

a mature crop

Apr 4, 2019
How Looking for Clouds Helped Forecast Global Food Production

It started as an algorithm to detect clouds in satellite imagery, but now the software is being used for everything from increasing food security in the developing world to guiding futures trading on Wall Street.

rangeland

Apr 1, 2019
New Technologies for Range and Pasture Management

The Landsat-based Rangeland Analysis Platform and Green-Cast are valuable tools for ranchers adaptively managing their land.

US ET 2017

Dec 14, 2018
Mapping Water Use Nationwide With Landsat

USGS EROS scientists are leveraging the capability and history of Landsat along with weather data to map landscape-wide water consumption.

agriculture image

Dec 13, 2018
Landsat Thermal Data Provides Insight to Vintners

Landsat thermal bands allow for the measurement of water use and moisture status at the management scale.

first year of irrigation

Dec 13, 2018
The Shifting Irrigation Patterns of the U.S. High Plains Aquifer

A new method to use the full Landsat archive to produce annual maps of irrigated area over the High Plains Aquifer in the central United States.

tile drainage installation

Dec 11, 2018
Improving Water Resource Management in the Great Plains

Making annual high-resolution agricultural subsurface drainage maps for the Northern Great Plains regions using multiple satellite and model datasets with Google Earth Engine.

almond orchard

Dec 10, 2018
Towards Agricultural Sustainability of Fruit and Nut Trees in California’s Central Valley

A robust detection method to track crop cover dynamics and identify the planting year through Landsat time series data.

Landsat 8 image of New Orleans and surrounding areas

Oct 1, 2018
Earth Images Enable Near-Perfect Crop Predictions

Boston-based startup TellusLabs uses Landsat and MODIS images to predict corn and soy yields with remarkable accuracy.

northeast of sprague river village

Apr 26, 2018
Solving the Riddle of Water Use in the Upper Klamath Basin

When it comes to water, when does less really mean more?

crop irrigation

Apr 23, 2018
Landsat Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use

Researchers armed with data from the Landsat Earth-observing satellites recently teamed up with Google to track water used for irrigation.

Patrick Hostert

Apr 18, 2018
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Studying Phenology with Patrick Hostert

Patrick Hostert from the University of Berlin discusses the value of Landsat’s long archive to studying phenology.

soybean field

Apr 4, 2018
Satellites, Supercomputers, and Machine Learning Provide Real-Time Crop Type Data

Scientists have proven a new technique for distinguishing the corn and soybean crops using satellite data and the processing power of supercomputers.

Martha Anderson

Feb 5, 2018
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Monitoring Crop Land with Martha Anderson

Martha Anderson talks about the value of Landsat and its thermal data for understanding agricultural lands.

Hankui Zhang

Jan 11, 2018
Satellite-based Program to More Accurately Identify Land Cover

A new program uses Landsat satellite data to automatically categorize what’s on the ground more accurately than other land cover products.

Palo Verde diversion dam

Dec 11, 2017
Farm Crops for City Drops: Assessing Water Right Transfers With Landsat

Thirty-one years of observed water use trends in the Southwestern U.S.

global cropland distribution

Nov 14, 2017
New Landsat-Based Map of Worldwide Croplands Supports Food and Water Security

A new map was released today detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet.

Republican River's South Fork

Oct 20, 2017
How Much Water Flows into Ag Irrigation? Landsat Knows

Researchers detail their use of satellite images to produce annual maps of irrigation.

Chesapeake Bay tributary

May 2, 2017
Revolutionizing Land Cover and Land Change Research

A new initiative called Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection provides definitive, timely information on how, why, and where the planet is changing.

picture of report cover

Mar 29, 2017
Landsat and Agriculture Case Studies

A team of economists from the USGS Fort Collins Science Center has published a new report on Landsat imagery use in agriculture.

soybean field

Dec 16, 2016
Mapping Croplands Over the U.S. High Plains Aquifer

Using Landsat to map croplands over the U.S. High Plains Aquifer.

jackrabbit

Dec 16, 2016
Managing Brush on Western Rangelands

An approach for evaluating brush management conservation.

canal structure

Dec 12, 2016
Watching Water Use in the Southwest

Water use trends observed in the Southwestern U.S. over three decades.

wheat

Jun 27, 2016
Agriculture: The View From Space

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations published an audio article about using geospatial data, including Landsat, to monitor would agriculture on soundcloud.

field day in Alice Springs

Jan 13, 2016
Satellite Data Help Australian Ranchers Meet the Rising Demand for Meat in a Changing World

When Russell Lethbridge walks his property in northern Australia — kicking-up clouds of dust that catch the sunlight as he assesses the grasses, shrubs and brush that fill the landscape with muted tones of green — he carries the legacy of five […]

Banaue rice terraces

Jan 11, 2016
Future Grains

When global food prices spiked dramatically in late 2007 and into 2008, the costs of many basic dietary staples doubled or even tripled around the world, sparking protests and riots. Panicked governments stopped exporting food, aggravating the crisis.

Rice fields

Dec 18, 2015
Mapping Rice, Managing Water in Parched California

Liheng Zhong, a Senior Delineator with the California Department of Water Resources is working on a way to map rice fields with Landsat to better manage water use. He presented some of this findings at #AGU15, here’s what he shared with us.

Alyssa Whitcraft

Oct 29, 2015
GEOGLAM & the Landsat Connection—Earthzine Takes a Look

There is a global effort afoot to fight hunger and reduce poverty by allowing anyone with an internet connection to see agricultural projections.

Comparison of idle fields from 2011 to 2015

Oct 21, 2015
Federal Agencies Release Data Showing California Central Valley Idle Farmland Doubling During Drought

NASA, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the California Department of Water Resources, released data today showing the effect the current drought has had on […]

Ayse Kilic (University of Nebraska)

Oct 14, 2015
Tracking Agricultural Water Use on a Smartphone

This fall scientists at the University of Nebraska, with partners at Google Inc., the University of Idaho and the Desert Research Institute, introduced the latest evolution of METRIC technology—an application called EEFLUX, which will allow […]

shorebirds

Sep 24, 2015
Landsat Helps Feed the Birds

The BirdReturns program, created by The Nature Conservancy of California, is an effort to provide “pop-up habitats” for some of the millions of shorebirds, such as sandpipers and plovers, that migrate each year from their summer breeding grounds […]

cropland in PA

Aug 18, 2015
How Landsat Helps: New Agricultural Case Studies from USGS

The Social and Economic Analysis team at the Fort Collins Science Center recently added five new agriculture focused case studies to their “Landsat Imagery: A Unique Resource” website.

Virginia wine country

May 20, 2015
Landsat Helping in Virginia Wine Country

The Virginia Wine Board partnered with Wise DEVELOP to map the extension of Virginia vineyards. Vineyard extent was measured using data from Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI).

abandoned farm in Montana

Sep 26, 2014
Modeling a Changing American Landscape

Land change is a signature activity of human civilization. Since the dawn of history, people have purposefully converted natural landscapes to human-dominated areas. Typical motivations for land change are cultivation (e.g. slash-and-burn […]

The Great Salt Lake shrank between 1985 and 2010

Aug 21, 2014
Landsat and Water: Using Space to Advance Resource Solutions

A recent White House-led assessment found that Landsat is among the Nation’s most critical Earth observing systems, second only to GPS and weather. A new USGS study, Landsat and Water — Case Studies of the Uses and Benefits of Landsat Imagery in […]

Landsat-derived map of field use

Jul 23, 2014
Landsat’s Role in Water Resource Management

Water availability and allocation are issues gaining a great deal of attention, particularly in arid climates. Increases in population growth and recent droughts bring urgency to measuring and monitoring water use in areas such as the western […]

LACIE logo

May 22, 2014
Remembering Robert B. MacDonald

Earlier this year on Jan. 7, 2014, a giant in the world of Landsat applied science— Robert B. MacDonald—passed away. MacDonald was largely responsible for first envisioning and formulating how to use early Landsat data to estimate global crop […]

Screen Capture from 1977 video

May 22, 2014
1977 Video: Landsat—Satellite for all Seasons

This 1977 NASA video series, “Landsat—Satellite for All Seasons,” provides examples of early Landsat applications.

Napa Valley Vineyard

Mar 11, 2014
The Grapes of Landsat

California’s persistent drought is forcing grape growers to keep a more-attentive-than-normal eye on their vines, as water shortages and elevated temperatures alter this year’s growing season.

CropScape map

Feb 12, 2014
NASS Releases 2013 Geospatial Data for U.S. Crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updated its online geospatial exploring tool, CropScape, adding Cropland Data Layers from crop year 2013. This tool gives public an easy access to […]

Cropland

Feb 4, 2014
NASA Maps Earth’s Croplands from Space

It takes a lot of land to grow food for the world’s seven billion people. About a third of Earth’s terrestrial surface is used for agriculture. And about a third of that, in turn, is used to grow crops. Now, a new NASA-funded effort aims to map […]

Child looking at Landsat image

Sep 27, 2013
Mapping the World with Landsat

Speeding around the Earth at 16,800 mph (27,000 kph), two Landsat satellites are quietly, expertly watching and recording changes in Earth’s lands from space. They are gathering data for people to make maps–all kinds of wonderful maps–of our […]

Safflower

Sep 4, 2013
Landsat Impedes Crop Insurance Fraud

With unbiased Landsat imagery as evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed an earlier jury-conviction of a northern California farmer found guilty on 16 counts of filing false federal crop insurance claims—scheming the […]

Burning fields in Indonesia

Jul 30, 2013
Using Landsat 8 to Locate Fires in Indonesia

In June, air pollution over Singapore and Malaysia spiked as forests in neighboring Sumatra (Indonesia) burned. Using NASA’s daily fire alerts and official national maps, the fires were located in the vicinity of oil palm and acacia tree […]