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Farming via satellite

posted on February 18, 2000


SMILE, YOUR FARM COULD BE ON CANDID CAMERA... VIA SATELLITE.

A COMPANY CALLED "SPACE IMAGING," SAYS IT CAN OFFER SATELLITE IMAGES IN ONE-METER RESOLUTION BLACK AND WHITE AND FOUR-METER RESOLUTION IN COLOR.

AGRI-BUSINESS CUSTOMERS CAN USE THE DIGITAL IMAGES FOR, AMONG OTHER THINGS: QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF CROP VIGOR, MONITORING MOISTURE LEVELS AND EFFICIENCY OF IRRIGATION TECHNIQUES, GAUGING THE DENSITY AND HEALTH OF VEGETATION OVER THE GROWING SEASON, AND EVALUATING CRISIS SPOTS DURING DROUGHTS OR FLOODS.

THE COSTS FOR SUCH SATELLITE IMAGES RANGE FROM $30 TO $45 PER SQUARE MILE...WITH A MINIMUM ORDER OF $1,000.


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