Booker Tate is currently working on a 4-year (2016-2020) project to develop a phone-based App for crop monitoring in sugarcane and wheat.
The Mexican Crop Observation, Management and Production Analysis Services System (COMPASS) project aims to help farmers in Mexico to improve their systems of crop management, to increase yields and to improve profitability.
This project, funded by the UK Space Agency, is being implemented by a consortium with Rezatec Ltd in the lead, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Grupo Mascaña (COLPOS).
The App uses crop management data entered by the farmer, which runs through a centralised crop model to make yield predictions based on environmental parameters. Satellite data is also calibrated with ground-truthing, in order that remotely sensed information can potentially be used for predicting crop yields.
In June 2018, the Booker Tate team attended grower meetings in Mexico, to introduce the App to sugarcane farmers and obtain initial feedback on the format and suitability of the COMPASS system.
Once the App has been refined, a series of workshops will be held in order to demonstrate the system to the wider sugarcane and wheat industries