SLANTRANGE Combines UAS Sensing and Analytics for Agricultural Insight

by | May 5, 2015

StressMap

This stress map is one of the many data outputs from SLANTRANGE's sensors. The image shows an area with nitrogen deficiency (in yellow and red) due to soil saturation. Blue areas are healthy.

SLANTRANGE is a new sensor and analytics company that measures vegetation health to provide growers with accurate and real-time information about crop conditions. The company recently won the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Accelerator Competition.

Our patent-pending technology can transform agriculture with comprehensive, timely and accurate new crop health information that is unavailable elsewhere, said Michael Ritter, SLANTRANGE's CEO. Our system enables farmers to respond more quickly and accurately to emerging health conditions, resulting in improved yields with fewer inputs and reduced impact to the environment.

The company's sensor and analytics system is designed for use on third-party drone aircraft. In addition to measuring multiple crop health indicators, the system produces a library of plant records regarding areas of nutrient deficiencies, pest infestations, dehydration, invasive weeds and other metrics.

Efficiently targeting troubled crop areas for treatment saves money on inputs, such as fertilizer and pesticides, and improves yields. The technology complements other data sources for a better, long-term understanding of the complex relationships among inputs and yields.

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