Appropriate information at the right location and timing is essential for farmers to take decisions regarding application of their limited resources such as water, seeds, fertilizer and labor. With Flying Sensors we can provide this essential information:
- At an ultra-high spatial resolution;
- At an unprecedentedly flexibility in location and timing;
- At a spectrum outside the human eye;
- At an in-country business oriented approach.
For this we use low-cost high-resolution Flying Sensors in a development context to ensure that farmers will get information at their specific level of understanding and simultaneously develop a network of service providers.
Instead of relying on common-sense management, farmers are now able to take decisions based on facts. The Flying Sensor information helps farmers to see when and where they should apply their limited resources. We are convinced that this innovation is a real game-changing comparable with the introduction of mobile phones that empowered farmers with instantaneous information regarding markets and market prices. With information from Flying Sensors they can manage also their inputs to maximize yields, and simultaneously reduce unnecessary waste of resources. In summary the missing information on markets has been solved by the mobile phone introduction, the Flying Sensors closes the missing link to agronomic information on where to do what and when.
The most concrete result is a typical farmer in the Netherlands who obtains once a month in real time information about the status of his crop. This information is delivered at a resolution of 2×2 cm in the infra-red spectrum. Infra-red is not visible to the human eye, but provides information on the status of the crop about two weeks earlier than what can be seen by the red-green-blue spectrum that is visible to the human eye. Based on this information the farmer takes decisions on where to do what in terms of irrigation, fertilizer application and pesticides.