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Skycision: A Bigger Picture, Better Decisions

Posted by Eric Belleville on Aug 21, 2017 12:37:03 PM

Did you eat today? Well, there are 1 billion people that will not, and 200 million of those people are children.  The world population will likely increase by approximately two billion in the next 30 years. The issue of food security should be an obvious concern to us as humans inhabiting this great earth. Welcome to Skycision, and this is the beginning of our story.

In order for the world to accommodate the ever growing population, global food production has to increase by 70%. Increasing production can be done by growing more efficiently or by cultivating more arable farmland.  Cultivating more land can lead to problems such as deforestation, escalated water consumption, and depletion of natural resources.

“Farmers around the world must be willing to embrace precision growing practices with the intent of increasing the operational efficiency and profitability of their own operations,..”

The demand pressures on farmers and the agricultural sector will only continue to increase over the years to come.  Farmers around the world must be willing to embrace precision growing practices with the intent of increasing the operational efficiency and profitability of their own operations, to meet these worldly demands.

 

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The farmer traditionally scouts their fields by foot or by truck to look for pests, disease, or other contributing factors to loss.  In many circumstances, less than 5% of the area is actually scouted, and threats can go undetected. This is due to the fact not all fields are created equal. Due to the large number of responsibilities, a farmer is limited to scouting a small portion of their crop to get a general idea of what is happening in a field, and make an overall assumption based on scouted samples.

If a crop infestation or threat goes undetected, the result can be thousands of dollars worth of crop loss. In the United States, many fields scouts spend an average of 1000 hours a year inspecting crops, and there is still an average 6% crop loss per operation. These losses in developing countries can reach up to 35%, and even beyond.

Skycision’s mission is to help the global agriculture industry harvest the potential of their data to make better decisions in enhancing their yield, reducing their operational costs, and doing so in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

Skycision’s core product, Skymaps, leverages remotely sensed imagery captured by drones and satellite constellations to analyze crop health.  Multi-spectral imagery, which is image data captured across the electromagnetic spectrum, proves to be highly valuable in assessing crop health.

Skycision can help identify where crop stress is occurring earlier than what is possible with the naked eye.  In addition, having the ability to view and monitor the crops in their entirety make for an invaluable asset in any farming operation.

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Our impact on the individual grower will help improve their bottom line performance, provide greater insight to purchasing decisions in the global supply chain, conserve water by optimizing irrigation methods, reduce pesticide over application, prove the efficacy of various seed, rootstock, biologics, and ultimately, help the global agriculture industry to grow more sustainably.

Due to the nature of our socially conscious mission, Skycision’s biggest impact will undoubtedly be in developing countries, where increasing yields and reducing costs of farming operations is important to the small share farmer whose livelihood depends on feeding a growing population. We strive to help farmers all over the world get a bigger picture, to make better decisions.

Join us as we work to build a better, and more sustainable future.

Topics: Agriculture, Technology, Remote Sensing, food production

  

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