Origin Digital and Aspia Space created what is said to be the world’s first technology that enables farmers to measure grass from space, marking a new frontier for sustainable farming.
Launching in Ireland later this year as part of Origin Digital’s “GrassMax” service, the new technology accurately measures the height of grass from space, offering ground-breaking insight for increasing farm productivity and profitability while also enabling organizations and businesses to verify sustainability practices in the livestock supply chain.
“This is a game-changing moment for grassland farmers and the businesses that partner with them. For the first time, they can remotely and automatically calculate the quantity of grass in their fields and paddocks, on a regular basis and at scale. This enables farmers to make better-informed decisions regarding grazing schedules, animal nutrition, and silage cuts for example, resulting in less waste and a more stable, sustainable food supply,” says Duncan Robertson, head of R&D at Origin Digital.
“Earth observation satellites literally provide an eye in the sky that offer the potential to monitor every single field on a regular basis. Aspia Space’s patented ClearSky technology uses a generative AI algorithm to deliver cloud-free imagery of the ground, making satellite data more reliable, especially for agricultural applications,” says Aspia Space co-founder and director of AI Dr Mike Smith.
- The technology harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) and satellites to verify sustainable practices and enhance grassland decision-making.
- The GrassMax app helps farmers increase grass utilization on their farms.
- GrassMax also enables businesses to track live and forecasted grass yield, how many days animals are at grass in the fields and a host of other metrics targeted at increasing fertility, yield, and efficiency.
- Through parent company Origin Enterprises, Origin Digital has access to a vast pool of ground-truth and field-trial data alongside a strong network of farmers and agronomic experts.