What is NDVI imagery and how can I use it this season?
- NDVI imagery is a method of determining crop health by measuring the index of plant greenness
- NDVI is calculated on a per-pixel basis as the normalised difference between the red and near infrared bands of an image
- NDVI imagery helps farmers and agronomists identify variability and anomalies in their paddocks, track growth performance and create variable rate maps
- Check out Decipher’s FREE NDVI imagery
What is NDVI?
Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) imagery is a method of determining crop health by measuring the index of plant “greenness” or photosynthetic activity, and is one of the most commonly used vegetation indices.
How is NDVI calculated?
As seen below, NDVI uses the NIR and red channels in its formula.
By taking the ratio of red and near infrared bands from a remotely-sensed image, an index of vegetation “greeness” can be defined. NDVI is calculated on a per-pixel basis as the normalised difference between the red and near infrared bands of an image.
How is NDVI used in agriculture?
NDVI helps you look for anomalies that may otherwise be impossible to spot with the naked eye, and gives you an understanding of high and low biomass areas.
NDVI can also be used for:
- Tracking crop growth in-season and compare crop growth between seasons
- Tracking pasture growth and utilisation
- Yield forecasting
- Identifying resistant weeds
- Targeted fertiliser applications
- Creating variable rate maps
- Irrigation scheduling
- Assessing trials
- Formulating top dressing strategies
- Understanding crop dynamics and tracking hail, storm, drift or frost events
- Picking trends and successful strategies
- Tracking previous crop performance when purchasing properties
Decipher’s award-winning NDVI imagery
Decipher’s FREE NDVI imagery features include:
To check it out, simply sign-up for free, and create a farm by drawing or uploading your farm and paddock boundaries as a KML or shape file.
Once the farm has been setup, you can then view NDVI imagery clipped to your whole farm or a paddock, allowing you to easily identify variability and track trends throughout the season.
Watch this video to find out how you can start using Decipher’s NDVI imagery this season:
Webinar | Get the most out of Decipher In-season: Biomass ImageryIn this webinar on Biomass Imagery, Decipher's Product Manager Frank D'Emden will show you how to track your crop growth and easily identify issues and seasonal impacts.
With Decipher's FREE Biomass Imagery you can:
- See how your crop health has changed throughout the season
- Use the month-on-month biomass charting feature to view crop variability across the season through to harvest, and see how changes to farm practices, input applications and other in-season activities impacted your crop performance
- See how this season compares to previous years
- Compare year-on-year using the biomass chart to see crop variability from one season to the next and use these insights to inform what you do next
Get started today: https://app.decipher.com.au/register
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- What is the difference between NDVI and NDRE imagery?
- What is NDRE imagery and how can I use it this season?
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