Agworld Integrates PCT Agcloud’s Satamap
Agworld and PCT Agcloud have announced the integration of Satamap into Agworld. This integration will offer Agworld users the opportunity to view the latest Satamap Vegetation Index (SVI) of their farm on Agworld’s web and mobile platform. SVI is derived from data collected by the two Sentinel-2 satellites which were launched in 2015 (2A) and 2017 (2B) by the Copernicus earth observation program. These satellites orbit the earth over 14 times a day capturing imagery of the same location every 5 or 6 days. Sometimes clouds get in the way, but the latest cloud-free images are available in Agworld within hours of being captured by the satellites.
Where NDVI used to be the standard index used in agriculture, more sophisticated products such as SVI are now returning better results. Satamap founder Ben Boughton explains:
“SVI borrows the basic concept of NDVI but takes it to the next level by using other bands to help mitigate the effect of soil color and reduce saturation in high biomass situations. SVI incorporates a unique fixed color scale so as the crop changes through the season it will progress through the color chart and then at senescence begin to move back down the color chart to help make harvest decisions. This is all the while being flexible enough to show in field variability and compare directly against other fields to help with agronomic management.”
Agworld Australia & New Zealand General Manager Simon Foley remarks: “Agworld has worked with PCT for a number of years already in the United States where the integrated soil sampling solutions and precision agronomy tools are embedded in the Agworld platform This is the first integration of PCT solutions in the Agworld platform for Australia and I couldn’t be more excited. The addition of an SVI layer to Agworld will be very beneficial on a daily basis for enhanced ground truthing conversations for both agronomists and growers. As we recently wrote in our blog, satellites are playing an increasingly more important role in agriculture, and this is our first step in offering new layers of useful data to our users.”
PCT Agcloud Managing Director Andrew Smart adds: “Satamap Pty Ltd was purchased by PCT Agcloud in May 2018, which allowed Satamap Founder Ben Boughton to join and become an integral part of the PCT Agcloud team. By working with Agworld, we can make this technology available to an even greater group of growers, agronomists, and other industry stakeholders. The use of SVI as opposed to NDVI allows us to show agronomists and growers a clearer representation of biomass, particularly when soil colour and sensor saturation is impacting the data we are using to make critical and insightful decisions on crops in a timely manner. The Satamap data is used for many in-crop decisions, evaluations and applications and now making it more easily visible to the Agworld customer base is very exciting.”