VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of clean tech and sustainable development. The company’s WatchITGrow technology is said to allow for better monitoring of potato production leading to increased yields. This tool helps farmers to optimize crop production in a sustainable way. After the so-called “shadow map” which was introduced earlier this year, watchITgrow now unveils a groundbreaking image processing technology called CropSar. This technology allows crop data to be collected even when clouds are present, so that the growth and health of the crop can be continually monitored, even during cloudy days. A company spokesperson says that cloud cover is one of the most well-known challenges when it comes to crop monitoring using satellite imagery.
Thanks to a unique combination of radar and optical data from the Sentinel-1 and -2 satellites, VITO has successfully retrieved crop data during cloudy days. In this way, crop monitoring and forecasting of the harvest can be considerably improved. The new technology was unveiled to an international audience at the 10th World Potato Congress event taking place in Peru this week. More information