BASF and European Space Agency collaborate to provide solutions for farmers

BASF and the European Space Agency (ESA; Paris, France) have signed a collaboration agreement to evaluate the use of satellite-derived data and images for agricultural purposes. BASF will provide experts as well as information from the company’s areas of specialization, such as agricultural know-how, field data, and feedback from farmers. ESA will lend its support to the project by providing satellite images and data. The partners’ long-term goal is to translate this information into digital tools and services. Satellites are a key data source for digitally-based crop management operations. They deliver information for a variety of agriculture decisions, such as optimal planting and harvesting times. The tools will provide farmers more targeted agronomic advice on the use of crop protection products and machinery, allowing them to plan everyday tasks more efficiently, BASF says.