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Vegetation density as deduced from ERTS-1 MSS responseReflectance from vegetation increases with increasing vegetation density in the 0.75- to 1.35 micron wavelength interval. Therefore, ERTS-1 bands 6 (0.7 to 0.8 micron) and 7 (0.8 to 1.1 micron) contain information that should relate to the probable yield of crops and the animal carrying capacity of rangeland. The results of an experiment designed specifically to test the relations among leaf area index (LAI), plant population, plant cover and plant height, and the ERTS-1 MSS responses for 3 corn, 10 sorghum, and 10 cotton fields are given. Plant population was as useful as LAI for characterizing the sorghum and corn fields, and plant height was as good as LAI for characterizing cotton fields. These findings generally support the utility of ERTS-1 data for explaining variability in green biomass, harvestable forage and other indicators of productivity.
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Legacy CDMS
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Wiegand, C. L.
(Agricultural Research Service Weslaco, TX, United States)
Gausman, H. W.
(Agricultural Research Service Weslaco, TX, United States)
Cuellar, J. A.
(Agricultural Research Service Weslaco, TX, United States)
Gerbermann, A. H.
(Agricultural Research Service Weslaco, TX, United States)
Richardson, A. J.
(Agricultural Research Service Weslaco, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1974
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Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center 3d ERTS-1 Symp., Vol. 1, Sect. A
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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