Syngenta partners with Sony on crop management solution


Sony is taking its expertise in sensing and processing technology and applying it to the agriculture business with the introduction of its Smart Agriculture Solution. Sony’s new Smart Agriculture Solution allows for daily crop management and monitoring through the capture, collection and analyzation of data in the field.

For the 2019 season, Syngenta will work with select retailers and agronomists to offer Sony’s new Smart Agriculture Solution, integrated with Syngenta’s satellite imaging software, FarmShots. The targeted pilot program will enable daily crop management and monitoring activities through the precise capture, collection and analysis of field data.

Smart Agriculture Solution employs sensor fusion and fast stitching technology, consisting of a newly developed drone-mounted multispectral sensing unit and Fast Field Analyzer image analysis software. The multispectral sensing unit carries a dual sensor camera unit and an accurate geolocation sensing unit. It can be mounted on a drone to capture normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and RGB imagery in a single flight.

During its development, Sony carried out a number of field investigation programs with industry partners, including Syngenta, which selected Sony’s Smart Agriculture Solution as a part of its digital agriculture service.

The new Smart Agriculture Solution is planned to be available in spring 2019 in the U.S. and Canada.

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