Monsanto’s Climate Corporation is building a network of in-field sensors to expand the scope of soil, weather and other data flowing into its digital agriculture tools that help farmers increase crop yields and reduce costs, the company said on Wednesday. San Francisco-based Climate also said it will open up its software infrastructure to third-party developers, enabling them to create new applications that enhance the data-fueled services it currently offers. Climate announced a deal with Veris Technologies, a Kansas-based soil sensor company, on Wednesday but did not disclose terms. The soil sensor company is the first to sign on to the new sensor network, Climate said.
Oslo, 10 August 2016 - Yara International ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire the Tata Chemicals Ltd ("TCL") Babrala urea plant and distribution business in Uttar Pradesh for USD 400 million on a debt and cash free basis, including normalized net working capital.
Broomfield, CO - Aug. 1, 2016
Every year, more than 25% of the world’s annual output of agricultural goods are ruined or damaged by pests and diseases. Pests typically eat the agricultural goods, rendering them unfit for use. Meanwhile, fungal diseases tend to produce various mycotoxins, many of which are powerful carcinogens, contaminating the agricultural products so that they are unsafe for either human or animal consumption. Both agricultural pests and diseases cause hundreds of billions of dollars (USD) in economic damage per year, and are a major impediment to feeding a growing human population.
July 25, 2016 - Verizon is set to launch an Internet-of-Things (IoT) and decision support product for permanent crop farmers this quarter. Its product aims to improve the connectivity of sensors and other data-capturing devices on the farm to turn this data into actionable insights through its dedicated software platform. Verizon Agtech will run through Verizon’s new IoT platform ThingSpace, which was launched in November 2015 as a tool to help developers and others to use IoT. For many ag data and sensor-based startups that have struggled with connectivity issues — and as data standards remain absent — a network and platform leader entering the sector with an IoT product could accelerate adoption.
Indianapolis, IN August 4, 2016 - All plants have different root depths at different times, AquaSpy lets crops do the talking. Aquaspy® tracks root growth and crop behavior though a 48” profile gathering data points from 12 sensors (each sensor 4 inches apart).
Falcon Soil Technology has added new mapping and live sampling tracking features to the Model 5000 Automated Sampling System. For the first time, soil samplers can collect, map and share soil sample information within the same system.
Tokyo, Japan - July 28, 2016. Terra Drone is a UAV long time participant in surveying and analyzing site conditions for the construction industry. The company was born as a part of Terra Group, selling 30,000 electric vehicles annually in Asia. With the success in land-surveying, Terra Drone choses agriculture as the next field to explore. Terra 1 Series, the crop spraying agricultural UAV, will be released this autumn.
“The launch of Terra 1 Series displays our development skills, which we acquired with the manufacturing of electric vehicles” said Toru Tokushige, CEO of Terra Drone. “With this new product, we’ve shown that Terra Drone can not only offer services for the construction sector, but also develop hardware for commercial products.
Monsanto all-cash offer increased to USD 125 per share on July 1 after additional information received in private discussions / Bayer has comprehensively addressed Monsanto’s questions concerning financing of the transaction / In addition to certain commitments to regulators possibly required, Bayer has offered a USD 1.5 billion reverse antitrust break fee, reaffirming its confidence to successfully close / The revised offer retains compelling value creation potential for Bayer shareholders / Bayer remains fully committed to pursuing this transaction
Qualcomm is also investing in the Brazilian investment fund, which is managed by Microsoft.
U.S. biotech company Monsanto and Microsoft announced on Monday a partnership to invest in agricultural technology startups in Brazil. Monsanto will join a Brazilian investment fund with up to US$92 million, managed by Microsoft which evaluates ideas for new digital tools to be applied to agricultural production in the country.