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Outfield's agritech drones are blossoming




Outfield Technologies co-founders Jim McDougall, left, and Oli Hilbourne at Cambridge Judge Business School. Picture: Keith Heppell
Outfield Technologies co-founders Jim McDougall, left, and Oli Hilbourne at Cambridge Judge Business School. Picture: Keith Heppell

Outfield Technologies, a Cambridge-based agritech company which uses drone technology, AI and data science to help growers maximise their harvest from high-value orchard crops, is set to go beta with its platform – and will launch a funding round later in the year.

The company’s technology is so sensitive it can count the blossoms on a tree as it surveys an apple orchard. An accurate assessment of the harvest then allows growers to be more productive, sustainable and environmentally friendly, explains Outfield’s commercial director Jim McDougall.

“Our aerial imagery analysis focuses on crop management,” Jim says. “Yield prediction and yield management work together, so a grower can sell all their apples in April even though they’re only being harvested now.



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