An computer implemented apparatus and method are disclosed for defining areas of a field in which a crop or other vegetation is grown based on their selective ability to grow such vegetation through a growing season, or some shorter preselected time period. The method includes making a number of temporally separated measurements through air borne imaging of a field, registering the data to the geography of the field and each other, normalizing the data including converting the data to a vegetative index indicative to the presence of vegetation in the field, comparing the data to identify clusters of like value, and classifying the clusters and images to learn how the different field areas responded in growing vegetation through the season. With this method, the field may be segregated into a number of like areas called crop response zones which exhibit similar vegetative growth characteristics as an aid to a grower in his decision making regarding how to maximize yield in his field.
|Original language||English (US)|
|U.S. patent number||7058197|
|State||Published - Jun 6 2006|