Remote sensing and cropping practices: a review

Bégue, Agnes; Arvor, Damian; Bellon, Beatriz; Betbeder, Julie; De Abelleyra, Diego; Ferraz, Rodrigo; Lebourgeois, Valentine; Lelong, Camille; Simoes, Margareth; Veron, Santiago Ramón
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For agronomic, environmental, and economic reasons, the need for spatialized information about agricultural practices is expected to rapidly increase. In this context, we reviewed the literature on remote sensing for mapping cropping practices. The reviewed studies were grouped into three categories of practices: crop succession (crop rotation and fallowing), cropping pattern (single tree crop planting pattern, sequential cropping, and intercropping/agroforestry), and cropping techniques (irrigation, soil tillage, harvest and post-harvest practices, crop varieties, and agro-ecological infrastructures). We observed that the majority of the studies were exploratory investigations, tested on a local scale with a high dependence on ground data, and used only one type of remote sensing sensor. Furthermore, to be correctly implemented, most of the methods relied heavily on local knowledge on the management practices, the environment, and the biological material. These limitations point to future research directions, such as the use of land stratification, multi-sensor data combination, and expert knowledge-driven methods. Finally, the new spatial technologies, and particularly the Sentinel constellation, are expected to improve the monitoring of cropping practices in the challenging context of food security and better management of agro-environmental issues
Inst. de Clima y Agua
Fil: Bégue, Agnes. CIRAD, UMR TETIS; Francia. CIRAD, Université Montpellier, Francia
Fil: Arvor, Damian. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); Francia
Fil: Bellon, Beatriz. CIRAD, UMR TETIS; Francia. CIRAD, Université Montpellier, Francia
Fil: Betbeder, Julie. CIRAD, Université Montpellier, Francia. CIRAD, UPR Forests & Societies; Francia
Fil: De Abelleyra, Diego. INTA. Instituto de Clima y Agua; Argentina
Fil: Ferraz, Rodrigo. EMBRAPA Solos; Brasil
Fil: Lebourgeois, Valentine. CIRAD, UMR TETIS; Francia. CIRAD, Université Montpellier, Francia
Fil: Lelong, Camille. CIRAD, UMR TETIS; Francia. CIRAD, Université Montpellier, Francia
Fil: Simoes, Margareth. EMBRAPA Solos; Brasil. Rio de Janeiro State University; Brasil
Fil: Verón, Santiago Ramón. INTA. Instituto de Clima y Agua; Argentina. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Agronomía; Argentina
Remote Sensing 10 (1) : 99 (2018)
Sistemas de Cultivo
Ordenación de Cultivos
Remote Sensing
Cropping Systems
Cropping Patterns
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