A collage of satellite images showing various agricultural patterns.

Types of Agricultural Patterns Visible from Space

Elizabeth Borneman

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are helping to document irrigation practices around the world and determine their effectiveness.

Von Thunen's model of agricultural use.

Von Thünen Model of Agricultural Land Use

Mark Altaweel

German geographer Johann Heinrich von Thünen created one of the first geographical models related to agricultural land use.

Three moments in a tumultuous year for farming north of St. Louis, MO, as seen in NASA-USGS Landsat 8 data. On the left is May 7, 2019, as heavy rains delayed planting for many farms. Sept 12, 2019, in the middle, shows bright green signifying growing vegetation, although with a fair amount of brown, bare fields. On the right, Oct. 14, 2019, the light brown indicates harvested fields while darker brown are fields that have not been seeded or fallow all summer. Credits: NASA

Monitoring Crop Production Via Satellite

Elizabeth Borneman

To cope with ever-changing agricultural needs and conditions, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (or NASS) uses data from Landsat to monitor crops in the contiguous United States.

Using Machine Learning and Satellite Imagery to Estimate Corn Crop Production

Elizabeth Borneman

Descartes Lab, a start-up organization, has created crop production analysis that uses millions of satellite images and machine learning to produce accurate data about the production of agricultural crops.

Geo Quiz: Name the Human Activity Visible from Space

Caitlin Dempsey

This geography quiz features ten satellite images each showing an anthropogenic activity. Can you figure out what the human activity shown on each image is?