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NASS updates online CropScape tool

The Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service today released updates to its online geospatial exploring tool, CropScape.

2011 Cropland Data Layer products, which are obtained from satellite image observations at a resolution of 0.22 acres per pixel, help users visualize how the volatile weather events of 2011 affected cropland in the United States.

The CropScape tool is designed to provide the public with easy access to interactive visualization, geospatial queries and dissemination without the need to download specialized software.

Coinciding with the release of the 2011 Cropland Data Layer, NASS will also release a new CropScape version with new functional capabilities and enhancements. The Cropland Data Layer images released today were collected from the Disaster Monitoring Constellation: Deimos-1 and UK2, and Landsat Thematic Mapper satellites.