Our recent sample collection at the Eddleston Ranch near Edgerton, Alberta included plenty of sunshine and LOTS of grass.
According to rancher Darcy Eddleston, the 2017 growing season has been highly productive, possibly a “once in 50 years type of scenario.”
Thanks to the data being collected by satellite and the research of our team, we’ll soon be able to confirm whether Darcy’s assessment was an accurate one.
Take a look through the photo gallery below to get an idea of what makes up the field work required for PastureTech projects.
Richard (Rick) McConnell and Tom Crozier unload tools for the day.
Rick clipping grass from the sample ring. This grass will be weighted to see how much grass grows relative to the “greenness” of that area measured by spectrometer.
A freshly clipped sample ring.
Tom clipping grass. Note the high amount of growth this year thanks to moist conditions.
Clipping grass in open pasture.
Tom setting up the handheld spectrometer over a sample ring to measure NDVI, which indicates the amount of green on the surface of the Earth.
Another shot of Tom with the spectrometer. The device must be level to the ground to ensure an accurate reading.
Rick and Tom speaking with Darcy Eddleston, rancher and PastureTech volunteer.
Behind-the-scenes shot of our interview with Darcy.
Packing up tools and bagging samples.
Shot of some of the tools used and the bag of samples collected. The samples are taken to the federal research station in Lacombe to be dried before analysis.
It was a beautiful day in eastern Alberta.
The lady bugs were far more tolerable than the many large mosquitoes.
Alberta’s famous wild rose.
Panoramic shot of the pasture on the Eddleston Ranch, located north of Edgerton, Alberta.