- April 1, 2022
- Posted by: EARSC
- Category: Members News
Remote sensing has a long track record of providing insightful information for agricultural purposes. For plant breeders, drones have become an indispensable tool to assess specific characteristics of plants in experimental fields. But what if we take it one step further? Can satellites bring value to the world of seed breeding? Can we combine both satellite-based and drone-based services to link insights from experimental fields with insights from operational farmer fields regardless of the data source and at all stages of (and even before) the growing season? Discover how farm management systems like WatchITgrow can easily provide information on the performance of your variety on farmers’ fields with a large variety of soil, climate and management practices.
- by Jürgen Decloedt 28.03.2022
FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE WITH SATELLITE DATA AND DRONE DATA
Monitoring agricultural fields with remote sensing is already as old as the hills. With the constant technological and business innovation happening in the sector, various applications are emerging rapidly. Satellite based services for precision agriculture and drone-based phenotyping solutions for experimental fields have for instance found a niche market which rightly balance the scale of operation with the required resolution (temporal and spatial), flexibility and most importantly price.
New business and technology innovations are likely to happen for which improved information is provided at an ever-decreasing cost. But innovation can also happen by looking at synergies between the different remote sensing services, looking to overcome possible blank spots in today’s offering by connecting and integrating information from different sources. At VITO Remote Sensing we’re integrating data from drones and satellites through operational platforms like Terrascope, MAPEO and WatchITgrow. It allows us to link insights from experimental fields with insights from operational farmer fields regardless of the data source and at all stages of (and even before) the growing season.