Aerial Imagery: What Type is Right for You?

Aerial Imagery: What Type is Right for You?

On August 2, 2018 Vineyard Team and the Lodi Winegrape Commission collaborated on an education event where they invited vendors with different aerial imagery technologies for show-and-tell.

The impetus of the meeting was grower demand for information so that they could make informed decisions about remote sensing products and services. 

Aerial imagery has the potential to help farmers more efficiently manage their vineyards, especially those managing hundreds of acres. However, it’s tough to know where to start and which vendor to partner with. There is no thorough third-party review of what is available. So, the Lodi Winegrape Commission and Vineyard Team held a joint meeting to review the types of aerial imagery technology available (satellite, fixed wing, & UAV) and to learn what various companies can offer the grower.

Information presented included: a step by step review of how several aerial imagery systems work (timing, cost, software, interpretation of data, turnaround time, data format), what information the imaging system can provide and how that can be used, along with the pros and cons from a grower perspective.

Key Points



Comparison of Vendors (August 2018)

Meeting Agenda and Hand-out

Remote Sensing Basics

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Viticultural Mapping by UAVs, Part 2

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