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Digital Farming — Ready for Takeoff

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into outer space. This first human space flight was a historic event that opened up the way for space exploration for the benefit of all mankind.

The General Assembly of the United Nations declared April 12 the International Day of Human Space Flight in 2011. We celebrate this anniversary to remind us of the beginning of the space era. At the same time, it points out the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals. Of course, improving sustainability — especially in agriculture — is one of Bayer’s top goals as well. And Digital Farming even takes advantage of developments in space technology to make that happen. By deducing different parameters from satellite-images and observing them over a season while combining them with weather and soil data, it is possible to precisely calculate biomass and estimate a field’s yield. This information can then serve as input for intelligent management and decision-making tools that help farmers get their work done.