Universities supported to improve sustainable agriculture

Canada is a major agricultural production country and plays an important role in the global agricultural market. However, in order to ensure it remains sustainable, the Canadian Space Agency issued a joint Announcement of Opportunity with its long-time partner Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to address the perceived gap or future need for RADARSAT agriculture applications, reports the Canadian Space Agency.

Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions were invited to submit projects related to crop inventory, tillage, soil moisture and land cover that would use RADARSAT data to manage the country’s agricultural lands effectively and sustainably. In 2014, the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector accounted for 6.6% of Canada’s gross domestic product.

Earth observation satellites contribute to making the industry more efficient and better aligned with sustainable agricultural practices. They are used to identify crop types, assess their condition, estimate crop yields and determine soil characteristics. Farmers use this information to refine their practices. Governments use it to better understand agricultural production and formulate agricultural policy. Insurance companies use it to assess claims for crop damage or failure.
Full report on the Canadian Space Agency site