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Data-Intensive Farm Management
The purpose of the workshop is to help researchers, crop consultants, professional agronomists and farm managers learn to use the Data-Intensive Farm Management project’s cyber-infrastructure to work with farmers to conduct and implement on-farm precision experiments (OFPEs), and to draw management implications from the analysis of the resultant data. 
 
Google Earth Engine
The objective of the workshop is to instruct the participants on the use of the Google Earth Engine website.
This website allows visualizing and analyzing of satellite imagery from many datasets, mainly Sentinel and Landsat programs.
In the workshop participants will get an introduction to remote sensing and then we will run prepared scripts on how to visualize NDVI, time series analysis and more, The instructor will also go over the basic mistakes and will explain every script.

Pre-Conference Workshops

We are offering two pre-conference workshops. The workshops will be at the conference hotel on Sunday, June 26th. The cost for each workshop is US $100.  Workshops are only available to those registering for the conference. 
 

Data-Intensive Farm Management Workshop

June 26, 2022
 
Description:

This 90 minute workshop will help researchers, crop consultants, professional agronomists and farm managers learn to use the Data-Intensive Farm Management project’s cyber-infrastructure to work with farmers to conduct and implement on-farm precision experiments (OFPEs), and to draw management implications from the analysis of the resultant data.  DIFM works with participating farmers, using GPS-reliant precision agriculture technology to conduct large-scale agronomic field trials on farmers' own fields, to generate yield, input management, and field characteristics data in quantities and of quality only recently imaginable.  DIFM's research also looks at the effects of fertilizer management practices on water quality, with the aim of discovering efficient means to reducing the loss of nitrogen fertilizer into the Mississippi River basin.  Participants will work on their personal laptops during the workshop.

 

Participants will be expected to attend a pre-workshop virtual meeting that will help them gather the necessary data and information, and download software needed to participate in the training workshop. 

Pre-workshop Virtual Meeting Times (participants will be expected to attend one of the following meeting times): 

Monday, June 6th, 8:30am CDT

Tuesday, June 7th, 6:30pm CDT

 

Workshop Session Times: 

There are two opportunities to attend this workshop.  Participants may attend the workshop either in-person or virtually.  

Session One: Sunday, June 26th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT

Session Two: Sunday, June 26th, 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
 
Instructor:

David Bullock, Ph.D.
David S. Bullock is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois.  He studies the economics of agricultural technology and information, and has published research on precision agriculture technology since 1998.  He is the Principal Investigator of the seven-year USDA-sponsored “Data-Intensive Farm Management” project, which uses precision agriculture technology to conduct large-scale, on farm agronomic experiments, to generate data that improves farmers’ management of nitrogen fertilizer and other inputs.   He teaches graduate courses in microeconomic theory.  He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 1989. 

Google Earth Engine Workshop

June 26, 2022
 
Description:

This 2 hour workshop will instruct the participants on the use of the Google Earth Engine website.
This website allows visualizing and analyzing of satellite imagery from many datasets, mainly Sentinel and Landsat programs.
This site has many advantages such as
  • No need to download data, all in the cloud
  • Wide variety of ready to use datasets
  • Lots of examples and tutorials online
The main disadvantage is the need to work with scripts.
In the workshop, participants will receive an introduction to remote sensing and then the group will run prepared scripts on how to visualize NDVI, time series analysis and more,  The instructor will then go over the basic mistakes and will explain every script.  Participants will work on their personal laptops during the workshop. 
 
Here are a few links to websites using Google Earth Engine:
NDVI animation this website allows the user to see NDVI image of their field, the website works worldwide and been used by farmers and commercial companies such as crop insurance and irrigation.
NDVI chart this website allows the user to see NDVI mean value of their field/s, the user just need to draw a polygon/s, the date range is changeable too
The target audience are people that want to learn how to do satellite imagery analysis by themselves

 

Workshop Session Times: 

There are two opportunities to attend this in-person workshop.

Session One: Sunday, June 26th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT

Session Two: Sunday, June 26th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT

 
Instructor:

Harel Greenblatt

Mr. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer working as a mechanization and technology instructor in the Ministry of Agriculture.  As a M.A. student in the Department of Geography, he specialized in remote sensing and GIS.  Mr. Greenblatt has developed a manual on the use of Google Earth Engine for agricultural purposes and he is a presenter at local conferences on the use of Google Earth Engine as an aid to farmers.