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NASS integrates Planet BasemapsNASS integrates Planet Basemaps

Planet’s satellite data could boost accuracy and quality of NASS assessments.

Farm Progress Staff

August 23, 2021

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Planet Federal, a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, has inked a deal with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The new deal will integrate Planet Basemaps into NASS’s robust data collection and analysis processes. With Planet data, NASS will begin exploring higher spatial granularity and timely assessments of the 2021 growing season.

Annually, NASS conducts hundreds of surveys and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of the U.S. agricultural sector. Since 2007, NASS has used satellite data from missions to operationally derive land cover products, investigate crop progress and conditions and produce crop production statistics throughout the growing season. The addition of Planet’s satellite data will further this work and help NASS evaluate enhanced disaster response observations and assessments not possible from medium resolution optical systems.

Research and development efforts are underway to explore using Planet Basemaps to provide NASS with a spatial and temporal boost that may support independent, high resolution state- and county-level crop area yield assessments. Planet’s enhanced satellite data can help determine if higher resolution classifications improve statistical accuracy and quality over the contemporary medium resolution products.

“USDA’s NASS’ reporting is vital to U.S. food production, and we are thrilled they are incorporating Planet’s satellite data to contribute to their agriculture intelligence used by partner agencies and the public,” Vince Hurley of Planet Federal says. “It’s encouraging to see this group integrate commercial datasets and products into their workflows, and we’re eager to see how accurate and timely Planet data contributes to their 2021 growing season assessment.”

Accurate data is valued by farmers and agribusinesses throughout the U.S. because it supports informed decisions about crop management, marketing and logistical operations. Further, data-driven decision making can help ensure a sustainable food supply, manage risk and increase profitability.

“Planet’s Basemaps provide a frequent and high-resolution solution for agricultural monitoring as farming becomes an increasingly data and technology driven process,” says Rick Mueller, section head, USDA NASS Spatial Analysis Research Section. “With Planet’s robust dataset integrated into our workflow, NASS can better understand and quantify trends in upcoming growing seasons, identify regions prone to drought stress and natural disasters, and provide high resolution assessments of crop production.”

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