I would like to ask the Group about so-called calibration of NDVI maps or connection between real numbers of plant growth and received data.
Do you go to the field in order to measure leaf surface area or make any other research (chlorophyll in a leaf) in order to get a ground truth for data, obtained with UAVs?
Additionally: I am a CTO at Petiole, so for me, this question is a matter of approving my own hypothesis.
Yes, you need to check at field what you see in photos.
Cala, what parameters are you checking?
And, what tool do you use for these purposes?
Hi Jose, How do you take the images and analyze them ? is via drone / sattelite (Sentinel-2) , or how ? Which analysis can you perform. Thx.
They are both thermal images of a same field, 200 miles west from Buenos Aires Argentina.
The first one was taken in Nov 2015, the strip effect that you can see, which is not easy to see or quantify from the ground, it is due to an uneven distribution of broadcast granular N fertilizer applied 4 months before .
The second image was taken in January 2016, it is double crop corn (corn planted after wheat the same year) and shows the effect of soil water saturation on corn.
To answer your question, I did not perform any analysis. I just walked the field with the image on my phone, trying to correlate and understand what you can see from above how it looks like on the field.
Are your NDVI images derived from images captured by UAV?
NVDI is very subjective. Pix4D gives you the ability to tweak the R,G,B and NIR spectra to optimise for your crop but you have to understand just what you are looking for to do this.
NVDI runs the risk of being devalued by people not understanding this and selling a one sizes fits all solution.
For myself I am looking fro Agronomists to help facilitate the whole survey, computation and understanding cycle. Just supplying dumb "data" without optimisation for the specific crop is about as much good as a pretty picture of a green paddock.
Agree with Alexander, usually we do correlation with biomass
Thanks for this discussion but I would like to clarify: what do you do exactly coming to the field?
I mean: do you go to the field and look by eyes or make photos?
Do you use any tools like mobile apps, leaf area scanners or any other device?