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Commercialisation

People that work on UAS, even in agriculture, do so mostly out of scientific or engineering curiosity.


But in FieldCopter our main interest is to develop a commercial service to provide farmers with relevant and adequate information about their crop status and status differences within and across fields. Our rationale lies in the fact that cultivation practices treat fields according to the needs of the most demanding plants. FieldCopter captures, then processes aerial imagery to inform farmers about spatial variability in crop vigour, crop nitrogen content, water needs and other relevant attributes. With this timely information, farmers can optimise their farming and get better results in terms of yield per kg nitrogen, or yield per litre of water.

The UAS scores over satellites and manned aircraft because of its high agility and flexibility, spatial and spectral resolution and our customer-focus to satisfy the various requirements of farmers. We process the imagery within 24 hours of acquisition and can present it in a number of formats, such as for use in a farm management system or as a task map for direct feed into a sprayer or spreader.

FieldCopter now continues to investigate how its service can be further developed. We do this with two potential stakeholders that have come forward, one major producer of potatoes in the South of the Netherlands, and one major wine producer in the North of Spain. With their cooperation we will conduct pilots in 2014. FieldCopter invites growers to let us know of their interest and maybe participate in these pilots.

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FieldCopter is carried out in the context of the Galileo FP7 R&D programme supervised by the GSA (Nr. 277612-2).