Agrimetrics partners with Airbus to reduce cost of satellite-based crop analytics

Crop Analytics, a crop and field analytics package from Airbus, is now available at a new, lower price. The industry leading agronomic data suite is available now via Agrimetrics Agrifood Data Marketplace. Sign-up to launch webinar.

Airbus Crop Analytics uses state-of-the-art algorithms to derive 15 crop and field properties from satellite data. Outputs are clipped to fields, accurately de-clouded, and updated every few days. Agrimetrics then pre-links Crop Analytics to billions of additional agricultural and climate data points, creating one of the industry’s most advanced field digital twins.

Agronomic applications are wide-ranging, with the service providing both in-season crop monitoring and historic data. Crop lodging, which costs the UK farming sector up to £170m per year, can be reliably predicted and managed. Warning systems could be developed that identify poorly performing zones earlier in the season. Irrigation, seeding, fertilisation, and crop protection can all be optimised. Agrimetrics have used the data to make accurate crop classifications, harvest timing and yield predictions.

Airbus crop analytics have a broad range of applications, including reducing crop lodging risk, optimising irrigation and input applications, and in-season crop scouting.

“We know that Crop Analytics is a valuable resource for the sector,” says Matthew Smith, Chief Product Officer at Agrimetrics. “However, adoption of satellite data across the sector has been slower than many predicted. Agrimetrics are delighted to be able to offer Crop Analytics through our Data Marketplace. We hope that this will make these data and insights accessible to a far broader range of agrifood organisations.”

Agrimetrics will be discussing Crop Analytics along with the challenges and opportunities of remote-sensing data during a live webinar at 1300 BST on 23rd September 2021. You can sign-up here.

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.

It can be accessed through the Agrifood Data Marketplace, the UK’s most advanced source of analysis-ready food and farming data. 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).

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About Agrimetrics

Agrimetrics is the food and farming sector’s Data Marketplace. We enable organisations to safely share and monetise their data, whilst making it easier for data-consumers to access the information they need. Our goal is to help create a more productive and sustainable food system by enabling next-generation solutions as quickly and affordably as possible.

We are one of four centres for agricultural innovation founded with an initial investment from Innovate UK. Our founding partners are NIAB, SRUC, Rothamsted Research and The University of Reading. We have strategic partnerships with Airbus and Microsoft and are a participant in Microsoft’s prestigious AI for Earth programme.

The four centres
The Agri-Tech Centres are a unique collaboration between Government, academia and industry created to drive greater efficiency, resilience and wealth across the agrifood sector. A £90m investment from the UK’s strategic innovation agency (Innovate UK) is enabling the Centres to harness leading UK research and expertise as well as build new infrastructures and innovation. They include CHAP (Crop Health and Protection), CIEL (Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock), Agri-EPI (Engineering and Precision Technologies), and Agrimetrics.

March 31, 2022
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