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USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2002 New York Cropland Data Layer
MapsheetNew York State State
ProviderUSDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
FormatGeoTIFF image .tif
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Coordinate System Universal Transverse Mercator | meters | Zone 18
Publication date January 01, 2006
Date added or updated August 24, 2010
The USDA-NASS 2002 New York Cropland Data Layer (CDL) is a raster, geo-referenced, categorized land cover data layer produced using satellite imagery from the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument on Landsat 5 and the Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+) on Landsat 7. The imagery was collected between May 4, 2002 and September 12, 2002. The approximate scale is 1:100,000 with a ground resolution of 30 meters by 30 meters. The CDL emphasis is on agricultural land cover. The area of coverage is the entire State of New York. This land cover dataset is part of a one-time series in which ten Mid-Atlantic States were categorized based on the extensive field observations collected during the 2002 annual NASS June Agricultural Survey. No farmer reported data is included or derivable from the Cropland Data Layer. The area of coverage for the 2002 Mid-Atlantic CDL includes the entire states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia. The funding for this project was shared between the USDA-NASS and Towson State University. The 2002 Mid-Atlantic CDL is currently a special one-time project. However, the possibility does exist to establish an annual cropland data layer for any state that shows significant interest and can offer an in-state cooperative agreement with another federal, state, local, or university agency or group. If interested, please contact the Section Head of the USDA-NASS Spatial Analysis Research Section at 703/877-8000. There are several additional Mid-Western States for which Cropland Data Layers are produced on an annual basis. The website below provides information and examples of all publicly available Cropland Data Layers:
The purpose of the Cropland Data Layer Program is to use satellite imagery to (1) provide supplemental acreage estimates for the state's major commodities and (2) produce digital, crop specific, categorized geo-referenced output products. These data are intended for geographic display and analysis at the state level. The cropland data layers are provided "as is". USDA-NASS does not warrant results you may obtain using the data.
Supplemental Information
PEDITOR is used as the NASS' main image processing software. PEDITOR has been maintained in-house and contains much of the functionality available in commercial image processing systems. However, program/process modifications are relatively easy to support in a research type environment, and the development/release cycle is faster. PEDITOR is deployed in all participating NASS State Statistical Field Offices to handle the ground truthing process and all image processing tasks, and is continuously tested with the Spatial Analysis Research Section (SARS) in Fairfax, Virginia. Currently, PEDITOR runs on most Microsoft Windows platforms. Additional information about ArcExplorer from ESRI can be found at Additional information about EarthSat Inc's ortho-rectified GeoCover Stock used to georegister the NASS Cropland Data Layer can be found at Towson University, Center for Geographic Information Sciences (CGIS):
Topicsagriculture, environment, imagery & base maps
File size32844 kilobytes
Use constraintsThere are NO copyright restrictions with either the NASS Cropland categorized imagery or ESRI's ArcExplorer software included on the DVD. The NASS Cropland categorized imagery is considered public domain and FREE to redistribute. However, NASS would appreciate acknowledgment or credit for the usage of our categorized imagery.
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