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A Guide to the Practical Use of Aerial Color-infrared Photography in Agriculture


Sources of Color-infrared Imagery

Federal Sources of Aerial Imagery

User Services Earth Resources Observational Systems (EROS) Data Center Sioux Falls, SD 57198 Phone: (605) 594-6511

Serves primarily as a distribution center for aerial and satellite imagery, especially that collected by NASA and the U.S., Department of Interior. Holdings include black-and-white, natural-color and color-infrared aerial photography.

Aerial Photography Field Office Administrative Services Division Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, 2222 West 2300 South,Salt Lake City, UT 84119 Phone: (801) 844-2922. (

Maintains a collection of aerial photography of U.S. cropland from mid-1930s to present. Coverage is in black and white and has sufficient overlap for stereo interpretation. Photography is flown periodically for cropland inventories that are used in various federal programs.

Cartographic Division Soil Conservation Service, USDA Federal Building Wyattsville, MD 20782 Phone: (301) 436-8187

SCS has similar holdings to that of ASCS. However, the photography is not updated as often because the imagery is used for soil mapping.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District Remote Sensing Coordinator 7410 USPO and Courthouse 215 N 17th Street Omaha, NE 68102 Phone: (402) 221-4021:

Coverage is generally of areas over which the corps has jurisdiction, such as navigable waterways and wetlands. Color-infrared photography is available, as well as black and white. The collection is a result of imagery needs for specific projects and is not flown on a regular basis.

Remote Sensing Branch Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory Environmental Protection Agency PO Box 15027 Las Vegas, NV 89114

This center provides remote sensing assistance to the EPA for environmental monitoring. Because the agency is relatively new, aerial photography coverage may be limited.

Cartographic Archives Division National Archives and Records Service General Service Administration Washington, D.C. 10408 Phone: (202) 523-3006

This archive collection is of various aerial photography projects conducted during the 1930s and 1940s. All holdings are black and white.

National Cartographic Information Center U.S. Geological Survey 507 National Center Reston, VA 22092 Phone: (703) 860-6045

NCIC maintains a collection of aerial photographs that is used as a source for compiling maps. This agency will direct the inquirer to the original source or holder of the photography.

State Sources of Aerial Imagery

Conservation and Survey Division School of Natural Resources University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hardin Hall 3310 Holdrege Street Lincoln, NE 68583-0961 Phone: (402) 472-3471


Direct Sources of Imagery: Private Companies

Agriculture Technology Company 206 E First Street Box 529 McCook, NE 69001 Phone: (308) 345-6570

Criterion Photoworks 119 E 4th Street Minden, NE 68959 Phone: (308) 832-2100

Horizons, Inc. PO Box 3134 Rapid City, SD 57709

Hoskins-Western-Sonderegger, Inc. 825 J Street Lincoln, NE 68508 Phone: (402) 475-4241

Kucera and Associates, Inc. 4690 Monaco Parkway Denver, CO 80216 Phone: (303) 388-9289

Mid-Nebraska Aerial Photography Box 1773 Kearney, NE 68847 Phone: (308) 234-9325

R & D Aerographics, Inc. 1411 W Eisenhower Blvd. Loveland, CO 80537 Phone: (303) 669-7900