The University of Leicester’s experts in satellite imagery and high performance computing will work with the industry to develop a system to help farmers make better use of satellite images, according to an article on FarmingUK.com.
The partnership, with Precision Crop Nutrition Ltd., wants to develop variable rate nitrogen fertilizer application plans for farmers crops.
It follows an award of £118,500 from Innovate UK and NERC, including £45,000 to the University, to fund a year-long technical feasibility study.
This will be the first funding success for the University’s new Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation.
Precision Crop Nutrition currently offer the Precise N-Map service using centrally processed data which is delivered electronically to each farm.
The development of the new system will offer a quicker and more flexible way to convert data and will allow agronomists and farmers to be more closely involved in crop management recommendations.