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Introducing our Center-Pivot Analytics Suite to Imagery Solutions

It’s taken a long time to get here, but after much research and partnering directly with growers, we have developed our Center-Pivot Analytics Suite, a full-service imagery solution designed specifically for center-pivot irrigated row crops. We’re excited to share these tools with center-pivot growers and help them learn how combining scientific-grade imagery with data analytics and expe...

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Research Study Validates Imagery for Pistachios

Recently published research in the peer-reviewed journal Remote Sensing demonstrates the effectiveness of our thermal imagery in detecting water stress in pistachio orchards, echoing the results of the extensive trials in almonds with UC's Blake Sanden over the past several years.  Specifically, the study details how This university-led research study demonstrates the accuracy of thermal...

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Announcing the Cumulative Stress Index

Ceres Imaging’s new index marks an important milestone in company’s quest to help farmers make smarter decisions by using artificial intelligence. The index combines Ceres Imaging’s various imagery indices into a single metric to assess overall plant stress over a growing season and strongly correlates to actual yield results. Farmers can use the Cumulative Stress Index to be strategic a...

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Tools of the Trade: Pressure “Bomb” for Measuring Plant Stress

Here at Ceres, we have boots on the ground helping to turn imagery into action. One of the tools of choice is known as the pressure chamber, also known as a “pressure bomb”, a great tool to measure the stress of a plant. This, in turn, can help inform decisions on when to irrigate an orchard. What is a pressure bomb and how does it work? In simplest terms, the pressure chamber can be tho...

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Root growth in almond trees: Tips from UC Davis's Volder

Root systems in almond trees may seem like a basic part of the business for growers with years of experience, but Astrid Volder, a UC Davis professor and root physiologist, had some in-depth information when she spoke with growers in Modesto. For starters: While almond tree root systems can extend twice the height of the tree, most of those systems spread horizontally and are not very de...

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Save hard-earned nutrients: A view of whole-orchard recycling from UC's Holtz

What happens when an orchard’s life is over? Currently, many growers destroy the trees and start again with the soil. Brent Holtz, county director and farm advisor in San Joaquin County for the University of California Cooperative Extension thinks the trees shouldn’t disappear from the picture. “As growers you spend 25 years growing that tree,” he said to an audience in Modesto this year...

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UC advisor Blake Sanden retires after decades of research in almonds and pistachios

Blake Sanden, a University of California advisor for almond and pistachio growers since the 1990s, officially retired as of June (for more on Blake’s career achievements, see this blog on the UC site). But if you talk to Sanden, you can hear the same passion as ever for research projects that inform California growers. Sanden talked with Ceres Imaging about his career working with tree n...

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The Almond Doctor talks irrigation from now through hull split

Stress kills. Right? Well, not if you’re talking almond trees and it’s the right kind of stress. David Doll, also known as The Almond Doctor, spoke to growers about water stress in Fresno in late June, sharing tips on how to manage tree stress and irrigation for almonds from now to hull split. First he covered traditional concerns about too much water stress. “What we try to do with good...

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Meet Ceres Imaging at the World Ag Expo in Tulare!

  Are you ready for the biggest, craziest farm show of the year? More than 1,500 booths and a packed schedule of activities from concerts to prayer breakfasts to receptions will keep growers busy in Tulare this week. Our team will be taking it all in, and available to meet with growers in Building C, Booth 3024, to talk about how aerial imagery can save time and labor for growers. Tree n...

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State Water Board revises nitrate rules, sets model for regional water boards

  Map of California Water Quality Coalitions (link) This week the State Water Resources Control Board voted to change nitrogen requirements for growers in the Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed. At the same time, the State Water Board established a model for all regional water boards in the state to follow in order to reduce pollution. The moves follow years of consideration described i...

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