Accession Number : ADP001994

Title :   Operational Use of Satellite Data in Crop Condition Assessment,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Spiers,B. E.

Report Date : JUN 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to describe how the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the USDA utilizes remotely sensed satellite data in the assessment of crop conditions for selected crops in some areas of the world. The Foreign Crop Condition Assessment Division (FCCAD) is part of the Office of International Agricultural Statistics which has the responsibility within USDA for producing foreign crop production estimates. After five years of developmental work with other government agencies, the FCCAD was established in 1978 to provide FAS with assessments of conditions over selected areas using remotely sensed data as its prime source of data. The FCCAD does not make final production estimates as an end product, but provides reports of assessment that are used as an additional source of information by those that make production estimates. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Farm crops, Surveys, Aerial photography, Scientific satellites

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE