AirScout lets you see your crops like you’ve never seen them before.

Preserving every kernel of yield potential

There is no such thing as an average year in farming. But there is such a thing as making the most of what nature gives you. That’s where AirScout® comes in.

The concept is simple. Find crop trouble before trouble finds you, and then take immediate action to keep input costs low and yields as high as possible.

Perhaps the earliest detectable plant stress symptom is a slight increase in temperature. With sensitivity to 3/100° C, AirScout® Thermal Imagery™ detects the earliest signs of plant stress anywhere in your fields.

AirScout puts you in position to intervene against problems long before they cause serious damage and to preserve the maximum yield that nature will allow. That is how AirScout lets you manage crops proactively instead of reactively.

This new approach AirScout makes possible is what we call Proactive Crop Management.™ And there is no better tool for it than AirScout.

How AirScout® Thermal Imaging™ Works

AirScout Thermal Imagery – a significant breakthrough in agricultural technology

You cannot treat crop problems you do not know are there. And most times you cannot know problems are there unless you can see them.

Now you can see crop stress in the earliest stages with AirScout Thermal Imagery.

AirScout’s patented Thermal Imagery™ displays crop temperature variations in a given field to within 3/100° C. You see where plant stress is just beginning compared to surrounding healthy plants. Now you will have weeks of advance notice, not just days, to do something about the cause of the stress.

The AirScout App guides you precisely to the trouble spots so you don’t have to walk every row scouting your crops. Your ground truthing is so much more efficient and effective, with no wasted time.

AirScout points you to the smallest outbreak of a serious crop disease long before it spreads. It helps you find a newly invading population of harmful insects, or discover a small but troublesome root borne problem like pathogenic nematodes.

Once you discover the cause of the plant stress, you can take direct action to treat it. Input costs are kept low, and yields are protected.

In-cab yield monitor confirms the early AirScout yield estimate.

Unmatched yield estimating

As one crop consultant told us, “AirScout is clearly the most accurate yield projection tool available. Our 30-day projection was within 1% of actual yield.”

A grower said, “I got an accurate estimate 30 days ahead of crop maturity and also 30 days ahead of any other technology.”

Those comments are typical of the feedback we get.

Imagine having that kind of confidence in where you stand compared to the overall market. Having this kind of “insider” intelligence about your own yields can give you great advantages when making your marketing decisions. As they say, timing is everything.

Are the fields ready to plant? AirScout helps you know–decisively.

The only technology that reads bare soil conditions

Standard NDVI images read light reflected from foliage surfaces, so it cannot detect bare soil conditions, such as relative moisture and temperature.

AirScout Thermal Imagery is the only practical technology that reads bare soil conditions. For example, you can know when and where soil conditions are good for planting.

At harvest time it can be a near disaster for heavy equipment to get stuck in wet, muddy low spots. In addition to the time and labor it takes, it’s not uncommon for accidental equipment damage to occur, along with unexpected delays and costs.

AirScout shows you those wet spots so you can avoid them with heavy equipment.

With AirScout it’s possible to remotely inspect tile lines for leaks or blockages. AirScout Thermal Imagery reads temperature variations to 3/100° C, so you will clearly see even the smallest differences in soil moisture content in most conditions.

You can follow runoff patterns and check there for remaining soluble nutrients. You will know where to inspect for erosion, and see where irrigation systems are not working like they should.

Analyzing bare soil conditions on a practical and timely basis is an entirely new capability made possible only by AirScout.

AirScout Thermal Imagery allows more flying hours per day

Standard NDVI imaging requires a “high sky” in order to capture useful images. The window of opportunity is from 10 AM until 2 PM on any given day because that’s when the sun is at the right angles from the ground surface from the aerial perspective.

AirScout Thermal Imagery is not dependent on sunlight. It captures temperature variations emitted from the ground so it can function around the clock.

From a practical standpoint, this means that pilots have a much wider window for image data collection. It also means that AirScout data collectors can collect more data per flight in most cases.

The result is “economies of scale” when it comes to the image gathering production during a single flight. This high production is one of the factors that allows AirScout to be very competitive when it comes to pricing.

Imaging sensitivity like nothing you’ve ever seen

AirScout Thermal Imagery reads temperature variations to 3/100° C. Not only does AirScout bring an entirely new dimension to agricultural monitoring, this level of imaging sensitivity is unheard of. Until now, that is.

AirScout image resolution can, for example, allow crop researchers to clearly see the differences between varieties of plants within the same species. That’s never before been possible.

Now you can see where just a few adjacent plants are showing stress in the midst of an entire field, and all from the air.

We sometimes say, “Every pixel tells a story.” It’s our way of referring to the incredible resolution and detail available only with AirScout Thermal Imagery.

Scale it up, scale it down. It’s up to you.

You can subscribe to AirScout to collect images of a few fields, large swaths of cropland, a county or an entire watershed region. The choice is yours.

AirScout services are paid on a cost per acre per flyover. Pricing varies by individual need, but suffice it to say that almost all AirScout subscribers view the moderate cost as a significant bargain considering the capabilities AirScout provides.

Measures emitted energy in the form of temperature
Timely, high resolution images that auto-click to Google maps
Measures reflected light with myriad colors, not just a handful. Reveals nutrient needs in plants.
The AirScout Prescription Tool™ is simple and easy to use.

Fits seamlessly into any existing precision system

All AirScout data can be used to create files that drive Variable Rate Treatment (VRT) equipment. There is nothing new to learn. The AirScout App is simple and easy to use. In about 30 minutes you will be using it like a veteran subscriber.

The images are stored online in your private, password protected location.

Your images will appear automatically in your AirScout App window within about 24 hours of each flyover, which typically takes place every two weeks or so, depending on weather and flying conditions. Google Earth coordinates are already embedded into each image, so they self align.

You can enlarge them, manipulate them to change colors and sensitivity range if necessary. You can simplify the color bands in preparation for creating your custom treatment prescription in the AirScout Prescription Tool.