Cambridge-based agri-tech startup Outfield provides an orchard management and yield estimation system for high value fruit crops like apples, pears and plums. The company’s system has generated sufficient traction that it’s already in use in three continents.
Fruit growers are using Outfield to deploy inexpensive, off-the-shelf drone systems, quickly surveying orchards and gathering high resolution images. Outfield then uses machine learning to analyze the imagery, providing detailed maps of tree condition and fruit loading. This allows growers to produce more fruit to specification, reducing fruit loss in orchard which can run as high as 20%, whilst using fewer chemicals on the land and requiring less manual labor.
Outfield already works with growers in the UK, Europe, South Africa, Chile and New Zealand.
UK merchant bank Turquoise, which specializes in energy, environment and efficiency, has led the investment in Outfield. Investments were generated, being part of a £750,000 round that also includes Cambridge Agritech, Deeptech Labs and Amadeus.