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Making a difference through imagery

Meet the Ceres Imaging team

Who We Are

We are an aerial spectral imagery company that helps growers optimize their water and fertilizer application. Our high-resolution multispectral images are captured via low-flying planes and processed using highly advanced image processing and crop modeling techniques. The images reveal highly accurate, real-time information of the water and nutrient status of every plant in a field. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we serve a diverse base of growers, from California to the U.S. Midwest, to Hawaii and Australia.

We are data-as-a-service — growers pay by the acre and receive imagery along with the support needed to integrate it with their broader crop management practices. Our product reveals diseases, parasites, and weeds, points out where irrigation and fertilizer is over or underused, and spots irregular distribution of plants.  Growers use it for field accounting, issue spotting, and week-to-week irrigation and fertilizer management, among other applications.

Why we exist

Yield productivity has increased substantially due to better water and nutrient management plans, yet water and nutrient application is far from optimized. Growers face natural resource constraints, labor shortages, climate change, and increased regulation, and have a pressing need for tools that maximize productivity and minimize input costs, labor, resources, and waste.

Water and nitrogen are two of the most important resources for growers to allocate efficiently, yet existing tools do not make it easy for growers to truly understand how their irrigation and fertilizer strategies interact with their field’s distribution uniformity and varying topographic/soil conditions. That makes it difficult for growers to set optimized management zones and develop optimized irrigation strategies.

We exist to offer growers real-time information on the water and fertilizer status of every plant in their field, both so that they can identify and optimize specific water and fertilizer decisions but also gain better understanding of naturally weak and strong areas in their field. A picture is worth a thousand words, and most growers who see our imagery for the first time can vouch for the power of our imagery.

Our Approach

Ceres was founded upon one core insight: aerial imagery can be a very effective tool for agriculture that unleashes the power of big data, as long as the data presented is meaningful.

What makes aerial imaging data meaningful?

  1. It offers a real-time readout on metrics that a grower can actually change in-season and with regularity – specifically, water and nutrient status of their plants.
  2. It supplements ground-level diagnostic tools such as pressure bombs and tissue samples.
  3. It helps growers identify root cause issues (why a plant is growing poorly vs. only detecting that a plant is growing poorly).

Ceres offers aerial data powered by the latest science and with a rigorous focus on practical use.  That started with work to understand growers' needs, and continued with recruiting of a team that applied the latest technology to deliver an aerial imagery product of unsurpassed usefulness. A highly trained technical team of scientists with applied agronomy and hydrology backgrounds leveraged the latest scientific advancements in remote sensing.  Ongoing partnerships with university researchers guided the development of water and nutrient imagery products that can be trusted to show facts on the ground, at the scale of aerial.

Make a difference in the world

Join a growing team that is working on the world's hardest problems

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Everyone on our team believes in the mission and we are excited to find more minds to work on it with. We are composed of scientists, agronomists, chefs, writers, farmers, engineers. Above all, we're curious problem-solvers.

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We think at the farm level and process at the global level

Ceres Imaging has efforts and staff all over the globe. We currently provide imagery in California, the U.S. Midwest, Hawaii, and Australia.
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