Satellite Crop Analytics
Satellites as a service
Actionable data for farmers
TerraSphere converts satellite imagery to actionable data. In the Netherlands, we provide data processing for the BioScope service. Farmers can order satellite and drone images every 10 days. Data can be used to make task maps for variable rate application of nutrients, potato haulm killing, or as a scouting map to analyse growth patterns in the field. The service is available through farm management systems at Akkerweb & DACOM.
Decision support services
In Bangladesh we run the GEOPOTATO service. Here, smallholder farmers cultivating potatoes can sign up to receive SMS alerts on when, what and how much to spray against Late blight disease. Satellite data is being used to monitor Leaf Area Index as input in the Decision Support Service that calculates infection risk based on a model developed by Wageningen University & Research. Farmers can decrease crop losses due to Late Blight by more than 30% when using the GEOPOTATO service.
TerraSphere provides on-demand mapping of crop parameters like crop extent, crop type, biomass development and yield over large areas. The data is being used in agribusiness processes like logistical planning and geographical marketing. In Myanmar TerraSphere is producing satellite-based intelligence for Village Link that is running a platform and app connecting farmers to agronomists and agribusinesses. Their main client AWBA is the largest input provider in the country.
Satellite data can be used to monitor crop development of individual fields throughout the entire growing season. By comparing fields cultivating the same crop, relative performance can be calculated against regional and multi-year averages. This information can be used as input into credit-scoring engines of micro-credit providers to assess and decrease loan default risk of farmers. Contact us for a quote for your region of interest.
Crop insurance support
Satellite data can help with automated claim checking and risk assessment in relation to crop insurance. Satellites can monitor crop growth, detect anomalies and assess damages resulting from floods, drought and diseases. In Indonesia we provide crop data based on satellites to a platform that is being used by Jasindo, an Indonesian insurance company. By using the platform, cost savings on field checks are achieved. Currently over 1.3 million smallholder farmers have enrolled.