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App with satellite images for Belgian potato sector

There are many initiatives for precision agriculture. The Belgian potato sector will start using satellite images next year. “We have been busy with this project ‘Watch iT Grow’ for a while now, and in the beginning of February 2017, we will introduce a new app,” says Isabelle Piccard of VITO Remote Sensing, one of the participating organizations. Together with Belgapom, Cra-w, and the University of Liege, they have been working on an application that uses satellite images combined with ground measurements and climate information. “This way potato producers can, in an independent, easy, and quick manner, follow the growth and development of his/her potato production efficiently, and predict the yield earlier in the season. With this we show the possibilities for potatoes, but this can be developed for other products as well.” More

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