Our planes can span the width and breadth of enormous areas to collect crop and field data. We are always on the lookout for new tools that can help make growers more efficient. We enable you to identify problems in your field, either by looking at certain areas in your field or by looking at the bigger picture. Find examples of our crop analyses below.
We define our tools as either crop specific or environmental.
- Crop specific analytics give you an indication of the health, plant proximity, height and biomass in and around your plantation.
Health can be monitored per hectare, parcel or (in case of perennial plants or banana) per individual plant. By aggregating health into blocks you get an instant overview of field performance. Now you can immediately see where just a few adjacent plants are showing stress in the midst of an entire field, and all from the air. This allows us to not only show you the health of your plants, but we can also show you diseased trees – which would ideally be treated or removed.
Plant proximity can show you the average distance from one plant to neighboring plants. This allows you to see how efficient your plantation is functioning. We can give you an indication of your plant density for crops that are planted in lines, such as sugarcane and corn. Also, it is possible to see change over time by comparing current data with the values from previous growing periods, allowing you to react earlier to changes and initiate counter-measures. We can detect unplanted areas that could be planted of better ordered to optimize the use of land for production.
Crop height can be derived from the Digital Surface Model (DSM) and the Digital Terrain Model (DTM). We use localized DTM with interpolated ground points. This is a valuable piece of information for a range of assessments, including plant growth and competition.
Biomass measurements above and below ground are required for root/shoot ratios. These ratios are used to assess plant vigor and health. We can calculate both the biomass of your plantation as well as the expected net production deficit. This allows you to compare these results with results from our database to see varieties within time and with other areas. This allows you to optimize your plantation where needed.
- Environmental analytics reflect on the surroundings of your plantation(s). We analyze the erosion risk and flood risk. Due to the fact that these factors can have contrasting effects on your crops, we evaluate them in relation to the crop.
Soil Erosion threatens the sustainable delivery of ecosystems worldwide, and particularly in the humid tropics where erosion potential is high due to heavy rainfall. With our Erosion Risk Analysis Tool you can visualize areas that are vulnerable for erosion risks and estimate the frequency of these events.
The best way to find out if water is draining properly is to make a topographical survey, or drainage map, of the land. We can make an inventory of ditches in your field. With this inventory you can analyze ditch depth and slope. This helps you to prevent flooding, but also shows you whether there would be excess drainage that could result in recurring drought. Our flood risk is based on high resolution airborne optical imagery with satellite climate and spatial data of quasi global (tropical) coverage. Airborne-based optical imagery is used to derive a DEM with ~0.1 m resolution for the AOI. Next to using high-resolution data, local climates are also taken into account for more precise modelling. This data is processed by a hydrological model to simulate overland flow.