Airbus and Agrimetrics partner in satellite-based crop data

13-09 | |
Airbus crop analytics have a broad range of applications, including reducing crop lodging risk, optimising irrigation and input applications, and in-season crop scouting. - Photo: Canva
Airbus crop analytics have a broad range of applications, including reducing crop lodging risk, optimising irrigation and input applications, and in-season crop scouting. - Photo: Canva

Crop Analytics, a crop and field analytics package from Airbus, is available now in the UK via Agrimetrics Agrifood Data Marketplace.

Airbus Crop Analytics uses algorithms to derive 15 crop and field properties from satellite data. Outputs are clipped to fields, de-clouded, and updated every few days. Agrimetrics then pre-links Crop Analytics to billions of additional agricultural and climate data points.

Actionable insights

Crop Analytics contains 15 attributes, including: Leaf Area Index (LAI), Leaf Water Content, Leaf Chlorophyll Content, fCover (used for identifying OSR), Brown Vegetation Cover, NDVI, and Soil Water Saturation. These data can be used to generate a range of actionable insights, from anomaly detection and yield prediction to water stress and field benchmarking.

In the UK, Crop Analytics can now be accessed through the Agrifood Data Marketplace. Available data includes: climate and weather data optimised for agriculture; pesticide and fertiliser application maps (CEH); soil data; a range of natural capital and biodiversity indications (Environment Agency, Natural England); and remote sensing data, including cloud-free NDVI (ClearSky).

Adoption of satellite data

According to Matthew Smith, Chief Product Officer at Agrimetrics, adoption of satellite data in farming has been slower than many predicted. Smith said he hopes that the partnership with Airbus will make these data and insights accessible to a far broader range of agrifood organisations.

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Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming
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