Smart farming in focus: Outfield

Published: 28 April, 2017

Aerial imagery start-up Outfield is only one of many exciting technology companies to feature at Agri-Tech East’s Smarter Not Harder: Open Innovation for Smart Farming event, held in partnership with Smart-AKIS.

Orchard aerial image

Outfield, based in Cambridge, uses drone aircraft to gather data high resolution data at affordable prices, working with farmers and researchers across the South East to develop services in agriculture, horticulture and estate management.

Oli Hilbourne, Director of Operations says: “We are developing remote sensing data systems to increase farm efficiency. Current development work is focused on building tools for government land use audits and on estimating yields of fruit crops. However we are also looking to apply algorithms to disease detection in potatoes and arable crops.”

Using lightweight drone aircraft, Outfield can scan up to hundreds of hectares of farmland per day, processing that data in the cloud to find answers to questions such as:

  • Which of my apple trees will under-perform this year?
  • Is the foliage cover of my potato crop adequate for this point in the season?
  • Do these areas of pollinator seed meet my environmental obligations?
  • Year to year, how is blackgrass spreading across my farm?
  • Does my lettuce crop require thinning?

Oli continues: “Our particular focus is on computer visual recognition systems, drawing conclusions from remote sensing data faster and with more precision than the human eye. We are always looking to connect with new development partners, both commercial growers and researchers. If you want to find out more, please get in touch!”

Outfield will be joining AgriVue, Crop Angel, Hexcam, Hummingbird Technologies, Hutchinsons and RTK at the event on 10 May at Elveden Estate. To find out more and register, please click here.

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