AgroScout is developing an autonomous system that allows for quick and efficient detection and monitoring of specific diseases in an entire field.
The AgroScout system combines data from multiple sensors (covering an entire field); external data from weather, satellite, local sensors; machine learning; and deep learning to accurately and autonomously detect, identify, and monitor diseases in the field.
This data will be analyzed by AgroScout’s algorithms to detect and identify disease and pests. The resulting data will be uploaded to the cloud, and farmers will receive actionable insights on their computer or mobile phone notifying them of disease location and status, with recommendations for treatment.
AgroScout offers farmers key advantages for reducing the spread of disease and increasing profits:
Founded: April 2017; joined incubator in December 2017
Stage: Technology development
Investor: The Trendlines Group
Achievement: Successful proof of concept
Farms are losing a significant percentage (about 20%) of their yield to disease. At the same time, farmers are looking to reduce the amount of chemical pesticides and fungicides used to treat disease to lower high pesticide costs and comply with increasing regulations.
Today, scouts perform visual checks in different parts of the field every few days. However, this provides limited coverage (between 5% and 10%), so diseases are often detected only at later stages when its has spread and caused significant damage. New technologies gaining traction include drones for aerial imaging and in-field precision ag systems/apps; yet, none offer the efficient, accurate, and complete coverage needed to catch disease at the earliest stages.
AgroScout’s first target is the potato market, the fourth most important crop in the world. Initial geographic markets are the United States and Western Europe, together more than 1 million hectares. Future crop targets will include soybeans, wheat, carrots, peas, and beans.
Autonomous system for detection and monitoring of crop diseases
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