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David Sparks Ph.d Planet Pulse
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: June 05, 2018

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Listening to the agricultural pulse of the planet. Some time ago I ran into Jason DeVorek at an ag conference. Jason’s an ag tech specialist with Winfield Solutions, a company that monitors fields via satellite in an effort to increase yield and decrease problem areas. At that time between technology and FAA regulations "Most of the co-op systems and other people are starting to use drones but it's nearly impossible when you look at it on a scalability standpoint. With FAA regulations currently it takes two people to run one. The time frame it takes to fly the field and then stitch everything together is inefficient. I ran some numbers for a 75,000 acre spread. It takes 30 people to fly 15 drones and then those 30 people have to work on computers 15 hours a day to get a four day turnaround on the 75,000 acres.”


That was then but this is now. Earth Observing System (EOS), a Menlo Park based startup, announces the release of a unique cloud-based platform called EOS Crop Monitoring, which provides solutions for Input Suppliers, Farmers, Commodity Traders, Crop Insurance companies, and all members of the Agriculture supply-chain. EOS Crop Monitoring is the result of three years of extensive collaboration between EOS’ dedicated team of data scientists and software engineers and Fortune 500 industry partners. The result is a product that applies to a growing body of real-world issues. EOS Crop Monitoring allows its partners to extract valuable insights from remote sensing data, e.g., crop types classification maps, crop yield forecasts, field boundaries, vegetation indices, crop conditions, soil moisture and weather data on a field, regional or country scale.

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