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Online maps (apps) for agriculture NEW

Farming decisions can have a massive impact on productivity and profitability. It is critical to make those decisions based on accurate and pertinent information. Cropsmonitor's main focus is to provide such information at regional and local (field/orchard/vineyard) levels. Click on the image below to see our first attempt at an online, interactive, mobile-friendly app for exploring agricultural information of South Africa. Other countries will be added soon!


Currently, the app includes the following geographical information system (GIS) layers:

  • Basemaps (backgrounds for orientation)

    • High-resolution satellite image

    • Topography

  • Property boundaries​ (farm boundaries)

  • Climate (long term)

    • Annual rainfall​

    • Cold units (chill units)

    • Heat units

    • Maximum temperatures during February

    • Minimum temperatures during July

  • Satellite images (10m resolution, 5-day interval) *

    • Growth vigour (normalized difference vegetation index​, NDVI)

    • Moisture (normalized difference moisture index, NDMI)

    • Enhanced vegetation index (EVI)

    • Nitrogen index (transformed chlorophyll absorption reflectance index, TCARI)

The map covers the entire South African land area, including the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West. The idea is to continuously add more layers to the app and expand to other countries in the near future. Please contact us with suggestions on what other information we should add and which countries to prioritize for future expansion. 

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