Improve Crop Yields with Help of Satellites

Produce more food using less water? Satellite-derived data from high-tech companies such as eLEAF and VanderSat, helps farmers to optimise their water management and increase crop yields.

Satellite image of circular crop fields

Satellite image of circular crop fields

Efficient water management

Water is a critical resource for successful agricultural production and global food security. Almost 85% of crop failures worldwide are water-related. However, the world’s freshwater resources are diminishing rapidly, and the agricultural community is forced to find new ways of producing more food using less water. A potential solution to this global challenge is improved water management facilitated by accurate, up-to-date data on the water content of soil and crops.

Satellite data for subsoil status

By accurately monitoring the water status of their farmland, farmers can optimise their water management, make yield predictions and improve crop production. High-tech earth observation companies, such as Dutch firms VanderSat and eLEAF, have developed technologies and applications that provide agricultural businesses with accurate satellite-derived data about their land.

VanderSat, for example, uses microwaves that penetrate even the thickest cloud-cover to measure the exact levels of soil moisture and water content of crops. The microwaves also help detect early symptoms of flooding, or drought. Dutch company eLEAF also uses its state-of-the-art satellite technology to provide farmers with detailed insights into the status of their crops andaids decision-making throughout the seasons. The resulting soil data also helps farmers plan irrigation and predict yields.

Adapting to water scarcity

It is estimated that by 2050 more than 50% of the world’s population will live in water-stressed regions. However, thanks to satellite intelligence - farmers can now take the next crucial steps in adapting to water scarcity. By accurately monitoring their lands, they can irrigate using the right volume, at the right times and exact locations. This will result insaving water, energy and money.

Farming the Future

Farming the Future is a campaign, a focus devised jointly by public and private sector stakeholders, to promote Dutch knowledge, solutions and innovations worldwide. By extending our collaboration across borders and cultures, we will be able to share with the world how, together, we could farm the future.