Grass SAT is powered by a sophisticated grass growth model that monitors over 20 different data sets including daily weather, soil, Earth observation (from satellites) and management activities (that users enter into the tool themselves). The model makes hundreds of complex calculations many times every day, from which valuable information can be derived about soil properties, grass characteristics and the grass growth rates (kg DM/ha).
Although satellites pass overhead every day, we can only use a satellite image when there are no clouds or haze obscuring the view, so the frequency of satellite updates may vary. Don’t worry though, the satellite image is just one component. As long as you add activities, the grass growth model will continue to provide accurate grass cover values.
It is really important and easy to add management activities. You can even set default values for all of your common tasks, such as grazing or cutting. Just select the relevant paddock and click ‘add activity’. The model will then be updated. A mobile App is under development and, when released, will allow you to add activities real-time in the field with the ability to cache data and automatically synchronise with Grass SAT when back in range.
Critical information is delivered daily for grazing and silage paddocks.