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RapidEye enhances precision agriculture services

Germany: RapidEye partnered with SST Software, a provider of GIS software for agriculture. The partnership aims to integrate RapidEye’s precision farming maps into SST’s information management products and services.

RapidEye’s five satellites open new avenues in precision agriculture. Frequent revisit capacity, five meter pixel size and five spectral bands allow for timely in-season monitoring of crop growth and optimal fertilizer management. The partnership between RapidEye and SST Software has produced an easy-to-use software tool which enables crop consultants and farmers to produce prescription maps for GPS controlled farm equipment based on RapidEye’s crop maps.

SST Software now fully integrates RapidEye’s crop maps into SST Summit and SST FarmRite. Customers in the US, Canada and Australia can instantaneously view and purchase RapidEye Precision Ag products.

Throughout the growing season, RapidEye will offer up-to-date maps allowing end users to generate in-season nutrient and pesticide application maps with just a few mouse clicks. In addition, RapidEye will open up its extensive imagery archive from 2009 and 2010. Images from previous growing seasons can be used by crop consultants and farmers to create management zones for targeted soil sampling, variable rate fertilizer application and seeding maps.

“We are thrilled to provide RapidEye’s agricultural solutions worldwide. Our customers are already responding with a great deal of anticipation, eager to have in-season satellite imagery-based products available within the software they already use without the need to order in advance,” said
Matt Waits of SST Software.

Source: RapidEye