green spin develops applications and solutions for digitalisation and optimisation of processes in the agricultural sector. The company was founded in 2013 by three alumni/scientists from the Department of Geography of the University of Würzburg: Dr. Sebastian Fritsch, Clemens Delatrée, and Gunther Schorcht. Their main goal was and is to allow their customers to profit from the use of open geospatial data. The use of spatial data, e.g. from earth observation satellites, can help to improve agricultural systems everywhere in the world. This will be an important task because of the immense rise of the global population in the next decades.
mofato, the modern farmer’s tool, is a simple and independent, web based tool that enables farmers access to digital farming. mofato is based on satellite & geo information and supports decisions throughout the agricultural season. Unlike other companies in the wide field of smart farming, green spin focuses on the jobs of the users and being an independent software provider. The technology itself is only secondary. That means the user always comes first. He should have the opportunity to improve his agricultural business with digital applications.
The clients of green spin have to deal with several challenges. For example, conducting field tests for pests on a random basis at individual locations is very complex and time-consuming. No matter if they grow maize or smaller arable crops such as wheat or rapeseed, it is difficult to get a reliable overview about what is going on in the field. Diverse terrain structure and huge areas – that makes it hard to manage an agricultural enterprise.
mofato provides a solution for this problem. It enables farmers and farm employees a permanent overview over the fields they take care of. They can reduce uncertainties and save time because they can detect problematic areas with the anomaly function of mofato. The result is that they are permanently informed about conditions of their own fields – every time and everywhere. Damages and losses can thus be reduced or prevented by early countermeasures, possible because mofato can automatically detect variances in the growth of the crops.
mofato also allows to generate digital application maps, which can be loaded and applied on machine terminals. An exact positioning system in combination with customised and analysed data permits machines to distribute materials such as fertiliser in a semi-automatic mode. By doing so, every part of the field gets exactly the amount of fertiliser or herbicides that it needs. This variable distribution reduces costs and optimises nutrient conditions for arable crops.
Consequently, mofato not only helps to save time and resources, it also helps to save the environment. It is important to understand and use the opportunities of digitisation in agriculture. This is the future way of food safety for an increasing population.
The next steps
In 2017, the team behind green spin is working on a permanent improvement of mofato. They are working closely together with users and specialists in the agricultural sector to fit mofato exactly to their needs. The goal is to connect different stakeholders from the sector via mofato. They are also involved in multiple projects with larger agricultural companies to help them with emerging challenges in digitisation. The support they receive from their mentor of the Copernicus Accelerator, and from the programme in general, immensely helps to focus on the relevant tasks ahead and gives them the opportunity to exchange ideas frequently. This is one of the reasons they are looking excitedly towards the rest of 2017.