Joint News Release
BASF and VanderSat collaborate to provide
farmers with high-precision, field-specific crop optimization
- 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.”
Unmatched accuracy helps farmers take better decisions
The microwave data from VanderSat is collected daily for every field around the world at a spatial resolution of 100 x 100 meters. It will provide a unique and independent layer of information to build the digital profile of a field in BASF’s xarvio Field Manager. “One major advantage of microwave sensing is that cloud cover does not interfere with the measurement from space,” said Richard de Jeu, founder and Chief Technology Officer of VanderSat. “We have been collecting daily information on soil moisture and temperature from different satellites for many years. As a result, we now have an archive of data that goes back more than 16 years. These elements in combination with high-resolution sensing make our satellite-derived products highly reliable for determining field-zone-specific management decisions.”
Data validation and prototyping done by both companies already show that VanderSat’s satellite data is typically more consistent and representative than measurements of soil moisture and temperature from field sensors. BASF and VanderSat are now validating solutions on several hundred fields on three continents in different crops to enable farmers to make more accurate agronomic decisions.
BASF Media Contact: VanderSat Media Contact:
Tanja Rolletter Robbert Mica
Phone: + 49 621 60 27951 Phone: +31 23 3690093
About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2017, our division generated sales of €5.7 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or on any of our social media channels.
VanderSat is a global provider of commercial satellite-derived data products and services from microwave observations, including soil moisture, temperature and vegetation. It was founded in 2015 and hosts a mix of highly-qualified remote sensing scientists, IT specialists and seasoned entrepreneurs in the field of space/high-tech technology. The VanderSat team includes people who have a long legacy in passive microwave radiometry, in particular in the development of applications related to agriculture, water management and climate. VanderSat recently won several grants and awards including the prestigious EU SME grant for high-resolution soil moisture mapping and the 2018 sustainability prize of the Dutch chamber of commerce. VanderSat is located in the center of the historical city Haarlem. More info can be found at www.vandersat.com