- Microwave sensing from space gives more precise measurement of moisture and temperature in fields
- Integration into BASF's xarvio™ Field Manager enables high-precision forecasting of yield risk
- Collaboration helps farmers make more accurate agronomic decisions
Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Haarlem, the Netherlands, December 6, 2018 - BASF and the Dutch Earth observation company VanderSat are collaborating to support farmers worldwide with even more precise, satellite data-based recommendations on application of crop inputs. VanderSat's satellite data uses high-precision microwave technology to measure soil moisture and surface temperatures in individual field zones. The technology will be an additional data source for BASF's xarvio™ Field Manager, a commercial product that for example calculates the risk of disease on a field-by-field basis, providing farmers with individually tailored application maps and optimized timing for crop protection measures.
'Knowing soil moisture levels is key to predicting yield risks and crop development more accurately,' said Ole Peters, Head of Technology Digital Farming at BASF's Agricultural Solutions division. 'By integrating VanderSat's data into our digital farming technology, farmers will benefit from even more precise, field-zone-specific information and forecasts - both for our existing offers and for future solutions that will be enabled by this technology. It will help farmers, replace in-field soil sensors in many situations, and will ensure more efficient and sustainable use of water and crop inputs.'