Users and their needs
The solution serves farmers, whatever their size or crop, who need reliable information to improve their processes. Among other things, we can help anyone who wants to:
- Identify soil types
- Have regular indications of the ideal places to make samples (soil, plants, water)
- Improve your financial management, with better forecasts
The solution was improved and demonstrated in different crops, in 5 countries in different climates: Portugal, Guatemala, Brazil, El Salvador. Nicaragua and Mozambique.
Service/ system concept
When the service is deployed the user is able to delineate management zones in terms of: weeds, soil fertility, plant density, plant nutrition, plant health, plant water stress management and food quality. It will also be able to delineate soil, plant and fruit smart sampling, registering all the production processes with the developed traceability tools (coordinates, text, documents, audio, and video) in order to store the production history.
The system works considering Copernicus (Sentinel 1, 2 and 5P), meteorological 2nd generation satellites (MSGS) and 3rd parties’ data integration. With this particular data several processes and models are used in order to produce agronomic outcomes (intelligence) with value for decision. At the same time the infrastructure integrates, stores and secure all the user data.
Space Added Value
Sentinel 2 is the most used satellite when it comes to agricultural applications, however, such use is limited when clouds are present. In the absence of clouds, this type of satellite is widely used in the management of plant nutrition and in the analysis and detection of anomalies associated with soil / water / plant relationships. The areas of the world with great relevance in food production normally present a very strong cloud dynamics, preventing the systematic use of Sentinel 2.
In view of the above, a serious research investment was made in Sentinel 1 in order to overcome the difficulties mentioned above with Sentinel 2. Sentinel 1 has great potential in the study of soil quality and its fertility, as well as in estimating Agro – Forestry production.
Sentinel 5P will also be used in order to guarantee the air quality of the areas where the food is produced and also from the perspective of food traceability. Second generation meteorological satellites will also be used in order to measure the land surface temperature as well as its influence on aspects associated with pests, diseases, plants water needs and plants phenology.
The project has already installed 7 pilots in different geographies around the world, 2 in Central America, 1 in South America, 1 in Africa, and 3 in Europe. The crops used by the project are sugar cane, rice, soy and pasture. In addition to these, pilots of flood alerts in Africa and integration of 3rd parties data are developed.
From the point of view of training sessions on AgroRadar technology, a training session was held for each pilot, where fundamentally the technical staff of the companies were present. More than 70 people were trained in AgroRadar technology hading contact with Sentinel 1 and 2 images and their possible applications.
In terms of dissemination Webinars, 3 were held, in which more than 200 people participated actively.
In terms of development, the automatic creation of management zones and the automatic smart sampling are closed.