How to connect crop monitoring data from satellites

12 Dec, 2023

How to connect crop monitoring data from satellites

How to connect crop monitoring data from satellites


This tutorial will guide you through the steps to retrieving multispectral imagery data from Leaf-supported satellite providers Planet and Sentinel.

Why use Leaf crop monitoring?

  • Modern imagery data has many useful applications for accurate data-driven farming
  • Receive a range of standardized and aggregated imagery from multiple providers
  • Less API maintenance than integrating direct
  • Increase speed-to-market using Leaf’s trusty data infrastructure

To learn more about the benefits, click here.

If you’re familiar with Leaf’s other products already - please note that Leaf Users and Configurations are not necessary for retrieving satellite imagery.


1. Register for a Leaf account

First, you’ll need to register for a Leaf account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register below. Make sure to activate your account via the activation email.

Register with Leaf -->

2. Authenticate to access Leaf’s API

Next, you’ll need to authenticate by requesting your access token:

View documentation -->

3. Create a satellite field

In order to get satellite imagery, you first need to POST a field, even if you have previously imported boundary data from another source.

💡Here our top tips:

  • The geometry of the field must be a multi-polygon in order to work
  • The name of the provider for Planet must be "sentinel" or “planet” (not “planet labs”, etc)
  • You are able to request multiple asset types for the same field (from Planet only)

View docs: create a satellite field -->

4. Retrieve imagery for the field and display

Now that you've created a satellite field, it's time to retrieve the crop monitoring images:

5. Alerts

Next, you’ll want to set up alerts so that you’re notified when a satellite image finishes processing.

Set up crop monitoring alerts -->

6. Our last tips

That's it! You should now be able to retrieve pre-processed crop monitoring images and raw bands for a given date range.

💡Last tips from the team:

  • You have the option to filter by start and end date
  • The min and max cloud coverage allows you to filter satellite images affected by clouds. Please note that if cloud coverage is 50% or less, there is no way to filter out the shadow of the cloud.

Note: this will be fully self service in the future, but for now please contact us to remove the initial acre limits for your account.

If you have any questions, you can contact our team at

--> Magic Link--> Field Boundaries--> Manual File Upload --> Input Validator --> Magic Link --> Back to 'for developers'

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