In this video interview with AgroScout’s Simcha Shore, Spud Smart editor Ashley Robinson talks with him about AgroScout, which was named one of Spud Smart’s 10 most innovative products.
AgroScout is a digital, drone-based scouting program which monitors potato fields from the leaf up. It integrates images gathered by drones, satellite and mobile phones, providing a range of services from planting to harvest to help growers reduce chemical inputs, improve productivity, and save money. AgroScout’s services include early detection of pests and disease, plant stand count, growth monitoring, and nutrition and irrigation evaluation.
The AgroScout platform uses affordable, off-the-shelf drones to scout the fields and take high-resolution, geotagged images. The drone scouting, along with satellite and mobile phone imagery allows growers to cover 100 to 1,000 times more field area than regular scouting alone.
The AgroScout android-based sky application creates flight patterns to maximize field coverage. The drones fly as low as two metres above canopy, maintaining a consistent level regardless of terrain contour changes. Captured images are run through AgroScout’s AI algorithm to identify the 12 main common pests and lesions among potato crops and across all growth cycles.