Frequently Asked Questions
What crops do you support?
While Ceres Imaging got its start in tree nuts, we have since expanded to serve orchards, vineyards, row crops, and a variety of specialty fruits and vegetables.
Where do you operate?
We operate across the world, including the United States, Latin America, Australia, and the Iberian Peninsula.
How do you capture images? Do you use drones?
We do not use drones. When Ceres Imaging first started, we experimented with drones and found them to be less efficient than fixed-wing aircraft. Drones require more personnel and can't carry the proprietary camera system that's required to produce our scientific-grade imagery.
When do you fly over the fields?
We primarily fly fields during a four-hour window centered on solar noon. During this time, the sun is at its highest and crops are under the most stress, which helps to ensure high-quality, informative imagery.
What is the imagery resolution?
Our resolution is 0.2 – 1 meters per pixel, depending on the crop and application.
What wavelengths of light do your cameras use?
Our cameras take images at multiple wavelengths ranging from the visible light spectrum to far infrared light. Depending on the kind of imagery package you request, we can capture up to six different ranges of wavelengths of the light spectrum at once.
Our imagery quality is better than our competitors' because we capture imagery using multiple custom-built, high-quality sensors.
How many images are taken in a typical 160-acre field?
Our systems capture hundreds of images to create a seamless mosaic of each field.
What is the turnaround time for the imagery?
Depending on the imagery you request for your field, we typically have a turnaround time of 24-72 hours for a first-time flyover. We'll work with you to schedule flights on the ideal days you need for your farm management.
The difference between Ceres Imaging and other technologies I've used is the help I get from their expert team.
With Ceres Imaging we can take a more targeted approach to applying fertilizer and nutrients.
These flights can cover way more ground and provide more insight than a dozen soil moisture probes — and it's cheaper to implement.
The average Ceres Imaging conductance measurement from its imagery over the season has provided the best correlation with applied water.