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3D Topography Maps in precision agriculture

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3d topography model overlaid with the Field Potential map
3d topography model overlaid with the Field Potential map

GeoPard is making history by being the first company to automate the online creation of high-resolution 3D topography maps with their new 3D mapping tool. In just a few seconds, users can generate maps that explain the complex variability. For example, the maps help to learn how the topography and relief data of a given area influence crop development.

GeoPard is continuing its mission to make such tools more accessible for crop growers. There is no need for a powerful computer or specialized skills to start with data-driven decisions. 

The 3D mapping tool can be used with any GeoPard base layer in addition to LIDAR topography and its derivatives. Among the additional available layers, there are soil agrochemical properties, yield/as-applied/as-planted datasets, ground scanners data, and even vegetation indices. Any cover map like zones from yield, historical vegetation, organic matter, electrical conductivity, or pH distribution can be utilized on top of the base layer. The 3D maps help users better understand how relief and topography influence soil properties, vegetation, and yield. And they contribute to a better visual and analytical understanding of how to manage individual land parcels in the most efficient way. 

It is important to mention, that this Live 3d Model works directly in the browser without any 3rd party pre-installed programs or extensions. You can rotate, zoom in and zoom out, and change cover maps to understand fields better.

The latest improvement includes the capabilities to save the preferred datalayers sets for 3D maps and fastly access them later. This enables saving your current investigation state and continuing further review later. An additional benefit here is the capability to trace changes through agricultural crop seasons within saved snapshots.

The way topography affects crop vegetation has a significant impact on crop yield (more details are in a previous blog post post here). The marked areas represent the value of the GeoPard 3D mapping tool, which improves the understanding of the reasons for yield distribution and informs about the necessary changes in planting patterns.

Whatsmore, the 3D model provides insight into how watersheds feed into your land and which pathways water takes. GeoPard’s topographic maps can relay essential information about surface and subsurface drainage inefficiencies, allowing irrigation and drainage systems to be reworked to optimize soil water availability for your crops.

GeoPard is aiming high with the development of new tools like this and is constantly improving and refining its own global understanding related to precision agriculture digital solution demand. If you are interested in knowing more about how the data is collected and analyzed, feel free to check out this post to learn more!

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