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Airbus Defence and Space’s GRAIN service shows US corn yields are lower than expected

• Airbus Defence and Space Services’ GRAIN (Global Risk Agricultural INtelligence), a unique technology combining satellite imagery processing, agronomic and meteorological models, has computed the 2012 absolute U.S. corn yield at 116.0 bushels per acre
• A complete range of applications will be derived from these technologies to better address the global requirements of the agro services industry: crop insurance, physical sourcing and distribution…
• Data coming from these unique, absolute and independent models cannot be considered as comparable to current assumptions and methodologies used by traditional players and institutions

Geneva, 13 November, 2012 – Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, estimates 2012 U.S. corn yield at 116.0 bushels per acre which is at the lower end of current industry expectations.  This forecast announced during Global Grain Geneva 2012, the world’s premier agricultural industry congress, is based on Airbus Defence and Space’ GRAIN (Global Risk Agricultural Intelligence), a unique technology combining satellite imagery processing, agronomic and meteorological models developed over several years. The GRAIN service predicted this very low trend since June 2012, while early signs of US drought were only just emerging.

Airbus Defence and Space is developing the next generation tools for decision making in the agricultural industry to provide accurate and reliable crop analysis capabilities consistent worldwide at both local and regional levels. The robustness of the parameters is principally due to its unique deterministic plant modeling approach supported by the strength and reliability of the Airbus Defence and Space’ satellite constellation. GRAIN provides homogeneous, stable and consistent crop supply information compared to current statistical methods and field surveys. As the GRAIN data is derived from absolute and independent models, it cannot be considered as comparable to past or existing systems used by the agricultural community.

Through the combination of satellite imagery ground truthing and weather forecast data into high frequency agronomic models, GRAIN brings unbiased, timely and accurate information to anticipate shifts in the grain supply chain for a variety of crops. Potential applications for GRAIN include crop insurance, assessing local and global financing supply risks, identifying production investment opportunities, optimizing sourcing and logistics, and coping with market volatility and complexity.

In the coming years, players in the agriculture market will face further pressure. Major agricultural improvements will be required to meet the growing demands on the world’s food supply chain and to maximize agricultural resources in a sustainable and transparent way. Airbus Defence and Space is developing methodologies that aim to provide cost efficient solutions for the global grain industry.



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About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment;  Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.



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