YPSILON® is a yield prediction service for key growing areas in Europe. It is based on the latest satellite imagery and plant growth modelling. Weekly updates of the predicted yield for wheat, rapeseed and maize are delivered from 8 weeks before harvest.
Among others, satellite imagery, weather data, soil, topography, and agricultural statistics are used for yield forecasting
In order to deliver relevant and up-to-date forecasts, cutting edge cloud technologies are implemented in the remote sensing processing chain
Up to date satellite images and weather data are integrated into a physical crop growth model for yield prediction in tons per hectare
The main target group for the European YPSILON® service are traders and trading companies, whereas the German service as well as the custom service, with an individually selectable region, are of special interest for mills, regional trading companies, seed growing companies, biogas plant operators or agro holdings. Further information can be found in our product sheet
Ypsilon helps us to identify deviations in advance and thus enables us to react in good time. Storage capacities and logistics are adjusted which leads to an optimization of our production chains Elisabeth Becker
By using Ypsilon’s yield forecast we identified 2018's crop failure six weeks before the rest of the market. Ypsilon helped reducing our purchasing costs significantly! CEFETRA
The sight of the corn fields this year is a sad one. Not only for experts it is clearly visible: the harvest will be extremely poor.
Our Ypsilon Yield Prediction Service backs this up with numbers: In many places, a drop in yield of more than 50% compared to the long-term average is to be expected for grain maize. There are only a few districts - especially in the very south of Germany - that will be able to record a plus.
At the harvest press conference of the Bayerische Bauernverband (Bavarian Farmers' Association), farmers, the press and Minister of Agriculture Kaniber were able to see for themselves the quality of our results from the Ypsilon Yield Prediction Service for Bavaria at district level. Our managing director Dr. Heike Bach presented the service and the specific figures for Bavaria. The current Ypsilon forecast for the region matches the results of the event's host farmer's first harvest.
22.48 million tons of bread wheat are currently ripening in the fields of Ukraine for this year's harvest. Compared to the average of the past four years, this means a decrease of 17 percent. Professor Klaus Josef Lutz, CEO of BayWa AG: “The data shows that a below-average harvest can no longer be avoided. This is a catastrophe, especially for the people in the world’s poorest countries.The world market will be lacking 20 million tons of wheatt. Parts of the world will starve. Without the opening of the ports, grain will not get out of the country. Intermediate storage is unavoidable, because overland transport capacities are not an alternative.” The full press release is available here.
Even under this year's very challenging cultivation conditions, VISTA's satellite-based forecasting service YPSILON® proved its reliability and strengths: While the official statistics only gradually corrected their forecasts upwards - e.g. for the harvest of grain maize - YPSILON® forecast a comparatively high yield potential of between 10.5 and 11 t/ha for grain maize as early as August, while at the same time showing significantly delayed maturity
The COVID-19 pandemic's far-reaching national and international impacts are well known and often hard to
quantify. In our study, "Impact of COVID-19 on Harvest of Row Crops", funded by the European Space Agency
ESA, we quantified when harvest occurred in 2020 and whether there were significant delays due to COVID-19.
For this purpose, 200.000 fields of summer crops, winter cereals and winter rapeseed in 19 European
countries were sampled and processed by our algorithm.
For this, we estimated the harvest period with an accuracy between one and five days by using coherence and backscatter data generated from the Sentinel-1 mission, which consists of two SAR satellites. To quantify the potential delay of the harvest, the harvest dates derived with radar are compared with our extensive big data analysis framework YPSILON®. YPSILON® describes the perfect time of harvest based on the observed phenological phase of the plant and the current weather conditions.
Thus, a later harvest date derived according to the radar data means a delay in harvesting. The result for winter cereals is shown in the map as percentage of delayed harvest events at the expected end of season in the several countries. In the countries Spain, Great Britain and in western Hungary delays of harvest of winter cereals are observed. All three countries were comparatively hard hit by COVID-19 across Europe in 2020, but not necessarily at the time of winter cereal harvest. The maximum COVID-19 14-day-incidence in the considered harvest period for each country is also visualized in the map.
YPSILON product in 2021 also includes crop status information.
The final yield prediction obtained from YPSILON model has achieved a high positive correlation compared to the Eurostat statistics. This confirms the accuracy of our yield estimations
On May 18th, YPSILON® starts into its first Europe-wide season! Find the press release here
VISTA successfully completed three years of tests for 19 European countries and the years 2017 to 2019. The YPSILON model forecasted both crop failures and record yields about 2-4 weeks earlier than the average market estimate!