Researchers at the United States Geological Survey have pieced together a map using satellite imagery that identifies every plot of land under cultivation (shown in green) around the globe.  |  USGS map

World’s farmland total bigger than expected

Farmers around the world are growing more crops than previously thought, according to a new high-resolution satellite map. Researchers at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have pieced together a map using Landsat satellite imagery with 30-metre resolution that identifies every plot of land under cultivation around the globe. The map shows that 4.62 billion […] Read more

This map shows crop conditions as of Jan. 28 over the main growing areas for wheat, corn, rice and soybeans based on analyst inputs along with satellite data. Icons identify which crops are stressed by less than favourable weather.

Weather OK for most crops

Drew Lerner is hard pressed to find any crop production trouble spots when he looks at his global weather maps. “We’re definitely in a pattern here worldwide where there’s not much to be concerned with,” said the president of World Weather Inc. “There is very little reason to be looking for trouble from a wheat […] Read more