Founded April 2017; joined incubator December 2017
Stage Technology development
Investor The Trendlines Group
CEO Simcha Shore
Current scouting is carried out manually by agronomists who only cover between 5% and 10% of the field. This often results in late detection of diseases and pests, causing growers worldwide to lose between 20% and 40% of their yield.
AgroScout is a software company that enables growers to turn a low-cost commercial drone into a digital agronomist, providing pinpoint detection of disease and pests, thereby protecting crops and increasing yield.
In a 20-minute walk, an agronomist may cover about 150 potato plants. In a 20-minute flyover, AgroScout’s semi-autonomous product (demonstrated in a pilot study in potatoes) can cover 10,000 potato plants in 125 acres.
AgroScout’s globally accessible cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) system combines —
It accurately and autonomously detects, identifies, and monitors diseases, pests, and other agronomic problems in the field from the first acre. Data is uploaded to the cloud and analyzed by AgroScout’s deep learning algorithms to send growers actionable insights to their computer or mobile device, notifying them of disease location and crop status while offering treatment recommendations.
Patent pending in the United States
Opportunity: AgroScout’s proprietary, globally accessible, cloud-based, AI software collects relevant information in the field, integrates external data (together with deep learning and computer vision) to accurately and autonomously detect, identify, and monitor diseases, pests, and other agronomic problems in the field. The field information is delivered to customers immediately and reliably, for increased savings from the first acre.
CEO Simcha Shore was interviewed on ILTV.
Information systems specialist with 10+ years’ experience leading R&D projects, including drones, tracking, and analysis; previously, CEO, Drone Insights; 21 years in IDF/intelligence R&D and project management; MA, social sciences
15 years’ experience as a field agronomist for Israel's Ministry of Agriculture; research engineer, Gilat Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel's Ministry of Agriculture; crop protection agronomist, Mishkei Hevel Aza; farm manager, Genesis Seed Co.; MSc, desert agriculture
25 years’ experience leading high-tech projects in start-ups and large companies, including with aerospace systems; previously, software manager, Rafael, Israel Advanced Defense Systems; BA, computer science and chemistry
Farms are losing a significant percentage (about 20%) of their yield to disease. At the same time, farmers are looking to reduce the amount of chemical pesticides and fungicides used to treat disease to lower high pesticide costs and comply with increasing regulations.
Today, scouts perform visual checks in different parts of the field every few days. However, this provides limited coverage (between 5% and 10%), so diseases are often detected only at later stages when its has spread and caused significant damage. New technologies gaining traction include drones for aerial imaging and in-field precision ag systems/apps; yet, none offer the efficient, accurate, and complete coverage needed to catch disease at the earliest stages.
AgroScout’s first target is the potato market, the fourth most important crop in the world. Initial geographic markets are the United States and Western Europe, together more than 1 million hectares. The company has started working on offering AI protection to soybeans and wheat.