RADARSAT-2 features state-of-the-art synthetic aperture radar  technology and supports all the existing RADARSAT-1 beam modes, while offering many powerful new capabilities, including improved spatial resolution from three to 100 metres, fully flexible polarization options and the ability to acquire images to the left and right of the satellite, doubling the ground coverage.  |  Maxar Technologies image

Remote sensing of agriculture reaches new heights

Agriculture Canada has funding to update the Disease Risk Tool (DiRT1) it developed in 2016 to include crops beyond canola. DiRT1 combines information from satellites and user inputs into a prototype web application that can be used to investigate the accuracy of crop-disease forecast models. “In this first prototype we also integrated geospatial data from […] Read more

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

A recent generation of the Dove satelite was on display at the Bayer Agronomy Summit in Banff, Alta., last year. | Robin Booker photo

Tiny satellites from Edge of the Planet

Winnipeg’s Farmer’s Edge partners with San Francisco’s Planet to get a Dove’s eye view of the field

A bird’s-eye view can provide intelligence about crop conditions that would otherwise be found only at harvest or by a combination of luck and labour. The problem is that in the past the birds didn’t fly every day. Canadian agronomy company Farmer’s Edge and San Francisco’s satellite imager Planet have joined forces to make new […] Read more


Farmers may seek help from above for spraying advice

Andrew Pylypchuk of Planet explained how the company’s Dove satellite works during the Bayer Agronomy Summit in Banff, Alta. | Robin Booker photo BANFF, Alta. — A satellite system that takes high-resolution pictures of the entire planet every day will soon help growers make in-season spraying decisions. Planet’s Dove satellites make up the world’s largest […] Read more