2019 February
Volume 3 | 24 July 2019
Agriculture Monitoring in the Americas
Agricultura Monitoreada en las Américas
Greetings! This AMA Newsletter begins by highlighting a new capability within Conab's national agricultural monitoring in Brasil, and is full of opportunities for enrichment and community engagement.

¡Saludos! Este boletín de AMA comienza destacando una nueva capacidad dentro del monitoreo agrícola nacional de Conab Brasil, y está lleno de oportunidades para el enriquecimiento y la participación de la comunidad.
But first, a request!
Pero primero, un pedido!
Have a data set, map, video, paper, methodology related to agriculture in the Americas that you'd like to share with the community? Please contact us to share in the AMA Resource Hub.

¿Tiene datos, mapas, videos, papers, o alguna metodología relacionada con la agricultura en las Américas que le gustaría compartir con la comunidad? Por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros para compartir en el AMA Resource Hub.
Conab Leverages AMA for New Capabilities:
EO for Crop Area and Condition Assessment
written by Conab Team
translated by Antonio Sanchez Galvez

Conab (Brasil's National Supply Company) is the government agency responsible for providing information on the country's agricultural harvest. Their information is used by market analysts around the world and is included in the monthly report of the Agricultural Market Information System via the GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for AMIS.

Conab seeks training so that its technical staff can update the new methodologies and technologies that can be implemented in its work.

Through AMA and NASA Harvest, Conab participated in three training workshops in 2018 that have improved the usage of EO in Brazilian national crop assessment.

In March 2018, NASA Harvest and UMD GLAD hosted a workshop at UMD on national-scale cropland and crop type mapping. Technicians from Conab together with those from INIA (Chile), SIAP (Mexico), and MinAgri (Argentina) participated in the training. The week concluded with initial discussions that led to the successful launch of AMA.

In August 2018, during the AmeriGEO Week held in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, a follow-on course, “Sample-based area estimation from remote sensing” sponsored by AMA was delivered by Viviana Zalles (UMD GLAD).

Since then, Conab has been testing the methodology to classify croplands in Brazil. The first test of the methodology was the mapping of rice in the state of Paraná. The result obtained was not satisfactory and adaptation needs were identified. A second test was carried out to estimate the area of ​​Maíz 2ª Safra (2017/18) in the Federal District. The map used as the basis for the stratification was that of the first crop, since the area cultivated in the region is the same in the two crops (changing only the types of crop). Therefore, the possibility of estimating the area of ​​the main crops of the first and second crops using only a mapping as a basis was also studied. After drawing the points, a fieldwork was done to validate them. Once the work was finished, the result was announced to and well-received by the agricultural sector of the region.

Consequently, Conab adopted the result (35,800 hectares) as official data for the area of ​​the second corn crop in the Federal District.

Given the success of the application of the methodology, the work was presented to the Living Planet Symposium 2019 in the GEOGLAM session (photo, inset). Conab now wishes to implement the area estimation methodology in other states and with other crops.

In addition to these two trainings, Conab participated also in a December 2018 workshop on the applications of SAR technology for agricultural monitoring were shown. Hosted in Ottawa, Canada at Carleton University, organized by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and funded by the IICA Scholarship and Research Assistance Program 2018 Canada for agriculture in the Americas. With the qualification and exchange of experiences of its technical staff with specialists in agricultural monitoring in the world, Conab reaffirms its search to always improve the quality of its information.
AMA in the News | AMA en las Noticias
On 24 May 2019, SICA invited AMA Director Alyssa Whitcraft to provide a webinar about the capabilities of remote sensing and satellite data for agricultural assessment to SICA.

Learning Opportunities | Cursos y Entrenimientos

The 5-day course Advanced Training Course on Land Remote Sensing: Agriculture will be held at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve) in Belgium from 16 to 20 September 2019. 

A massive open online course beginning September 2019 free of charge on the eLearning platform EO College (

A 5-day course in Ottawa, Canada which promises to unlock the world of SAR. Suitable for land application users, 12-16 August 2019. 
Share Your Work | Comparta Sus Trabajos
AGU Fall Meeting, 9-13 December 2019
San Francisco, CA

Submit your abstract by 31 July 2019

This year, there are 3 sessions related to AMA's work:

AmeriGEO Week, 19-23 August 2019
Lima, Peru

This week will contain a combination of plenary sessions, working sessions, and training events. Find out more here:

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¿Quiere compartir algo en este boletín? Haga Clic Aqui!
About AMA / Sobre AMA
The Agricultural Monitoring in the Americas (AMA) Community of Practice is an open community composed of national and international agencies concerned with agricultural monitoring and food security in the Americas (from Canada to Chile). It is convened in the context of GEOGLAM Latinoamerica and AmeriGEO. Please share this with your communities to increase awareness of AMA and the work we are doing.

La Comunidad de Práctica de Agricultura Monitoreada en las Américas (AMA) es una comunidad abierta compuesta por agencias nacionales e internacionales relacionadas con el monitoreo agrícola y la seguridad alimentaria en las Américas (desde Canadá hasta Chile). Se convoca en el contexto de GEOGLAM Latinoamerica y AmeriGEO. Por favor, comparta el boletín con sus comunidades para aumentar el conocimiento de AMA y el trabajo que estamos realizando.
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