COMPASS is an IPP-UKSA and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded project started in 2016. Rezatec and the University of Nottingham in the UK, supported by Booker Tate, are working with CIMMYT and COLPOS to improve crop management in Mexico, helping small hold farmers growing wheat, maize and sugarcane, as well wheat and maize in Argentina. Farmers need to improve crop productivity and stabilise their incomes to facilitate rural community economic development. The technology developed by this 4 and a half year project uses earth observation satellite data (including data from Sentinel satellites) along with in-situ data captured from the farmers, to help identify factors that cause the yield gap between crop potential and actual field performance.
The project will provide customer specific decision support tools to help growers, including smallholders, improve their technical, environmental and financial performance. The next steps of the project will be to provide commercial information support, following trials, to advisory services, agribusiness, farmer co-operatives, crop insurers and governments to create a long-term income stream to support Rezatec’s provision of these services.