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The forecast of crop yield is used operationally to cover continental areas such as Europe for the purposes of agricultural policy decisions. The techniques are also being implemented world-wide in more critical areas to support aid programmes.

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Sentinels in the fields

01 June 2016

The unprecedented frequency of Sentinel observations capture rapid changes in agricultural production from national to field scale, serving as a major support for environmental monitoring and agricultural subsidy control.

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Sentinel-1 sees rice paddy drop in the Mekong Delta

18 April 2016

Europe's Sentinel-1A satellite has shown that the Mekong River Delta - one of the world's major rice-growing areas - saw a significant drop in productivity over the past year, illustrating the effect of El NiƱo on food security.

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Farmers benefit from satellite coverage

02 December 2015

Farmers can now call on the latest satellite information using the unique TalkingFields service to get the best from their land while cutting the environmental cost.

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Results from ESA's 4th Space App Camp

22 September 2015

Using satellites to predict plant and crop diseases is just one of the fresh ideas produced over a week-long camp dedicated to creating mobile apps using Earth observation data.

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ESA App Camp brings satellite data to mobile devices

03 March 2015

Developers of apps that use satellite data to assist the agricultural industry took home the top two prizes at this year's ESA App Camp in Barcelona.

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Plant power from above

03 February 2015

Field experiments have shown how ESA's potential FLEX mission could identify vegetation that is suffering degrees of stress invisible to the naked eye.

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A wing for Sentinel-2A

01 September 2014

Imaging Earth's land with unprecedented speed and resolution has come another step closer as the next Sentinel satellite has been given its solar wing and started a strenuous six-month test campaign to make sure that it is fit for launch next April.

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Space up your app with satellite data

05 June 2014

Calling all app developers: register today for the opportunity to spend a week at ESA developing new ideas and concepts for mobile apps using satellite Earth observation data.

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Water mission boosts food security

21 May 2014

ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle - this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine.

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Glowing plants a sign of health

12 February 2014

Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. A potential new ESA satellite could use this fluorescence to track the health and productivity of vegetation worldwide.