Due to the crop destroyed by the war, Ukrainian farmers are switching to satellite Internet. Such data-gathering technologies, used by Kyiv and its allies to gain a strategic advantage on the battlefield over Moscow, are helping farmers maximize yields while facing huge shortages, from fertilizer to seeds.
In particular, they use OneSoil Map, a data visualization and mapping solution that allows agricultural companies, researchers and governments to visualize huge global datasets and track agricultural production trends around the world.
This technology is now playing into the hands of Ukrainian farmers who hope to avoid disaster. The technology allows farmers to remotely monitor crop health, quickly identify problems in the field, work with productive zones, and apply variable-rate fertilizers and seeds to help increase yields and strengthen sustainable farming practices.
Widely Used Technology
Ukraine, one of the world’s largest breadbaskets, stands out as an area of special interest for OneSoil, as well as an important test of the technology’s ability to help in really difficult circumstances. “OneSoil has strong ties to Ukraine,” confirms Morten Schmidt, CEO of OneSoil, in an interview with .
“We have created and tested our technologies in cooperation with Ukrainian partners. The ground data used to train our models originally came from agricultural partners, one of the 10 largest farms in Ukraine. The OneSoil application is used by more than 50,000 users in Ukraine, and we continue to monitor the situation closely. »
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, local farmers have experienced a shortage of all the necessary resources, including fertilizers, seeds and chemicals. So-called variable rate technology, which uses satellite and other data to interpret how and when crops will grow, allows these scarce resources to be more efficiently reallocated between fields.
Rookie in agriculture
As Aleksey Misyura, head of research and development at IMC, one of the country’s largest agricultural players, explains, “We didn’t sow many fields this year because of the war. Empty tanks and shells are scattered everywhere; some fields are mined. Under such conditions, precision farming allows you to optimize resources.”
So the company used satellite data to calculate the savings it could make by reallocating fertilizer across different production zones, lowering the application rate in some fields and increasing it in others to reduce resource consumption and increase profits.
Affordable precision farming is a relative newcomer to a century-old industry. One of the big benefits, aside from the horrors of wartime production management, could be a milder impact on the land and the environment. Agriculture produces about 24% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This is more than all aircraft, cars, boats and other vehicles combined. However, at the same time, farmers are among those most at risk from the effects of climate change.