VanderSat was approached by a leading international company in the animal feed industry to improve the accuracy and timing of their yield forecasting. After all, precise water availability data for fields across the globe can tell you all you need to know about crop yields.
Finding a competitive edge in today’s yield forecasting market seems like an almost impossible task. A whole range of companies and publicly funded organizations now have specialised products for this exact purpose, most providing an acceptable degree of accuracy.
However, there was still room for improvement in speeding up accurate yield forecasts. Beating the USDA by a couple of weeks is one thing, but outpacing the specialised yield forecasters at private companies by the same margin is quite a challenge. To achieve this, you need an extraordinary and globally available data source with a long time series and higher predictive value than traditional datasets.