Southeast Hydrogeology, PLLC’s agricultural consulting services focus around agricultural water resources development, crop health analysis and soil nutrient and moisture assessment.
Agricultural water supply often has different needs than residential or municipal water supply. Agricultural water needs tend to be more seasonal, which means there may be specific maintenance issues that come from seasonal uses.
Crop health analysis starts with remote sensing data derived from commercially available satellite imagery or produced by low-level drone imagery collection. The data is processed to produce Normalized Vegetation Difference Index (NDVI) imagery to assess vegetation health. Depending on the type of crop or the physical conditions, variants of the NDVI may be used. The remote imagery analysis can pinpoint areas of poor crop health based on the ratio of reflected light in specific narrow bands. Routine analysis can also be used to identify crop health trends over time. If an area of poor crop health is identified, the process of ͞ground truthing͟ is used to identify the specific issues, which could be related to disease, low soil moisture or lack of specific soil nutrients. Specific on-the-ground tests can be employed to identify any issues and develop corrective action recommendations.