Bayer and the aerospace technology company Planetary Resources, based in Redmond, Wash., have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of applications and products based on satellite images.

Bayer announced that it intends to purchase these satellite images data from Planetary Resources to create new agricultural products and improve existing ones. The collaboration will be part of the Digital Farming Initiative, which Bayer previously announced.

The two companies contend that combined technologies will allow farmers to do such things as  time their irrigation systems much better to save water, receive planting date recommendations and re-planting advice, and assess their soil’s water-holding capacity.

Another project/product announced is a canopy temperature scout that will provide weekly practical insights and scouting support from emergence to harvest by identifying problem areas in the field.
“The sensors from Planetary Resources can become a powerful tool that can provide a new level of information on crops anywhere in the world,” said Liam Condon, member of the board of management of Bayer AG and head of the Crop Science Division. “The combination of Bayer’s scientific and agronomy expertise and Planetary Resources’ unique sensor capability will greatly improve our ability to deliver truly practical intelligence to growers anywhere on the planet.”
Chris Lewicki, CEO of Planetary Resources, noted, “We are currently conducting airborne research and development (R&D) campaigns over a variety of agricultural targets. Bayer is interested in supporting these activities with scientific and agronomic expertise in order to accelerate R&D, product validation and creation.”
The goal according to Bayer is to provide farmers all over the world with practical decision-making aids “based on the precise evaluation and combination of diverse data such as weather data or topographic maps.”