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Deep neural networks and remote sensing for higher crop yields

DigiFarm’s agricultural intelligence solution optimises production, even on the smallest farms. The result is higher crop yields, less fertiliser use and lower input costs.

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The world’s growing population will require 70 per cent more food than is currently being produced. To optimise production, farmers need a variety of data, including earth observation data with high spatial resolution and field boundary data. Smaller farms lack access to this, though, due to their size. Since 75 per cent of agricultural fields in the world are smaller than 2 hectares, a majority of growers are missing out on this vital information.

Agricultural intelligence increases crop yields and optimises crop production

DigiFarm delivers deep neural network models that boost crop yields and optimise production. The basic solution consists of the Automatic Field Detection Model, which detects field boundaries and seeded acres using high-resolution imagery from remote sensing. With over 98 per cent accuracy, the model provides essential data for field analysis and crop monitoring. The technology is suitable for farms as small as 2 hectares.

In addition, the Crop Classification Model detects crops back in time and early in each growing season, and the Zoning Model identifies different zones of productivity within a field. The models are delivered through a plug-and-play API that connects to farm management software.

Concrete benefits

Using DigiFarm’s models, growers can make data-driven decisions about field productivity. For instance, the same amount of seed is generally applied on an entire field, but actual field conditions vary in terms of soil composition, irrigation and the like. When seeding is optimised through accurate data, crop yields increase.

The same is true for fertiliser. Forty per cent of all fields are over-fertilised, and 15 to 20 per cent of yield potential is lost from inadequate fertiliser application. DigiFarm’s solution increases the efficiency of fertiliser use. Not only does this increase field productivity, but it also reduces input costs and fertiliser runoff.

Market potential

There are 570 million farms worldwide, most of which are small and family operated. All these farms, both large and small, can benefit from DigiFarm’s solution.

The solution is market ready in Canada, Germany, Norway and the US. In 2021, it will be rolled out to 30 regions, including Asia, Australia, the EU, North America and South America. DigiFarm’s customer focus is B2B and B2G.

DigiFarm is a member of the NCE Heidner Biocluster, Norway’s national cluster for bioeconomy and sustainable food production.

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DIGIFARM AS

c/o Klosser Innovasjon, Holsetgata 22, 2317 HAMAR, Norway

+47 948 42 517
digifarm.io

At a glance

  • Agricultural intelligence solution

  • Remotely sensed data for field analysis optimises production

  • Increases crop yields, reduces fertiliser use, lowers input costs

Status

Available
Solutions are available for Canada, Germany, Norway and the US. Other regions will become available in 2021.

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