Digital Agronomy

Digital Agronomy

ADAS is a leading provider of independent scientific research in crop protection, crop physiology, and soil management. We combine our expertise in crop and soil science with digital technology to produce innovative services and products that improve business practices and help increase yields. This helps drive safe and secure food supplies and contributes to a sustainable and resilient industry.

Cloud data platforms enable real-time data capture and automatic crop management based on detailed research-based algorithms.  Using big data archives and in-field data collection, we are developing innovative science-based technologies for farmers and agronomists. We have produced a range of systems that apply crop production knowledge to practical farm management through decision support tools, downloadable software and web-based tools.

ADAS research scientists are working with collaborators around the world to develop innovative methods for assessing crops in the field using hand held devices, tractor mounted hardware, or remote sensing technology.  These novel methods enable growers to automatically apply appropriate management, such as spot-treating patches of weeds or varying N applications.

Examples of how we have applied digital technology in our work include;

  • Yield Enhancement Network (YEN)
    The YEN connects agricultural organisations and farmers striving to improve crop yields. Soil and weather data are combined to estimate biophysical yield potential, and compared to achieved yields & crop data to better understand how yield improvements can be made.
  • Agronomics
    ADAS recognises the power of working with farmers and with precision technologies to establish spatial experiments to answer questions relevant on-farm. Agronomics is developing the techniques, equipment, protocols, statistics, data processing, informatics, software, website and research infrastructure required to support line trials & geotrials.
  • WheatScan
    ADAS worked with the University of Manchester, Sainsbury’s and Camgrain to deploy low-cost multi-spectral imaging technology to develop calibrations for wheat nitrogen content in the field, enabling farmers to predict whether grain quality will be achieved and whether late nitrogen applications are required.
  • Crop Intelligence System 
    ADAS is leading Innovate UK feasibility studies to assess whether satellite imagery can be used to generate canopy curves for arable and grass crops in every field. When integrated with soil and weather data this provide a ‘dashboard’ for crop growth, resource availability and light capture to enable improved crop management.
  • Multiply
    ADAS is a partner in this EU Horizon 2020 project that is developing a platform to integrate satellite data from various sensors into a continuous stream of fully characterized land surface parameters, useful in crop monitoring and modelling.
  • Sclerotinia monitoring in oilseed rape
    ADAS has worked with BASF to develop a number of online tools to help inform growers on disease risks. These tools, made possible by algorithms developed by ADAS, allow disease risks to be assessed using information from long term studies as well as field-specific data.
  • Auto-N and Precision application of Nitrogen fertiliser and Plant Growth regulators
    Working with partners to develop automated N fertiliser and PGR management approaches by integrating canopy sensing and yield mapping.

Our services include:

  • Data Capture
    Development of bespoke, innovative methods for quickly assessing and recording environmental conditions in the field using digital technology.
  • Remote Sensing
    Provision and analysis of satellite images, aerial photography, and additional landscape surveillance data such as LiDAR and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
  • Data Management
    Collation and management of data using a range of software solutions, to provide accessible, secure databases.
  • Data Analysis 
    Analysis and interpretation of data using a combination of expert knowledge of the science and statistical methods to identify relationships and trends that can then be applied to algorithm development.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Data visualisation, spatial data manipulation and processing, spatial data management and cartographic output. We also offer bespoke GIS solutions to our clients.
  • Environmental Modelling
    Employment and development of existing and new models to assist the understanding and prediction of environmental scenarios.
  • Software Design and Decision Support Tools
    Design and installation of software tools based on digital platforms, including websites and mobile devices. We have experience of creating tools for tablets and Toughbooks, as well as mobile phone apps.
  • Algorithm Development & independent validation
    We develop algorithms that integrate sensing technologies and other data sets to provide information on crop performance and decision support for crop management. We conduct a range of measures and experiments to both calibrate and validate such algorithms.

For more information on ADAS data science and digital delivery, please visit ADAS Digital

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