The benefits of SodSat over existing systems are:
- An affordable service/system for an innovative, fast-expanding and highly profitable crop;
- Integrating satellite monitoring with specific turf grass expertise and on-field sensing;
- Strengthening the current findings on correlations between turf grass spectral reflectance and turf grass status by carrying out trials, testing, calibration and validation in at least three different European locations (Mediterranean, Continental, Scandinavian);
- Developing the foundation for a wider range of turf grass monitoring services that in the future, with the increase of satellite imagery definition, may include public parks, gardens, golf courses, horse racetracks and sports fields (football, rugby, cricket, baseball, etc.).
In particular SodSat will offer:
- Robust Index correlations: between turf grass status (water content, NPK content, presence of weeds, presence of fungal diseases, presence of abiotic stresses, colour, cover, etc.) and on-site sensor data (temperature, humidity, radiation, etc.) and satellite spectral imagery.
- On-field sensing integrated with the intelligent system.
- Turf grass expertise built into and integrated with the system, for flexible interpretation of sensor and satellite data.
- A true precision farming application:
- Intelligent irrigation based on artificial intelligence, on-site information based on sensing, maps and on the field consensus information. Over-irrigation, under-irrigation and poor irrigation uniformity are the main problems that a system like SodSat can correct, with substantial water and energy savings while increasing turf quality.
- Smart fertilization that does away with over- or under- fertilization thanks to reliable info on plants’ nutrient status. This is a potential saving of up to 20% on fertilizer costs.
- Forecast, diagnosis and cure of turf grass fungal diseases. Much can be achieved by early forecast of the onset of fungal diseases. Agronomical measures can be taken that can effectively reduce the need for chemicals. Some typical diseases include: antracnosis, rizoctonia, dollar spot, fusarium blight and pythium blight. The treatment of these diseases can cost €300-600 /ha.
- Early detection of abiotic stresses due to drought, high temperatures, pH imbalance, salinity.