Oslo / Monheim, February 20, 2017 - Bayer and Yara International ASA (Yara) have entered into a software collaboration and technology license agreement to provide farmers worldwide with digital farming tools that help increase farm productivity, profitability and sustainability. The purpose is to develop new digital farming solutions as well as to increase the use of existing nitrogen application technology including the proven N-Sensor™ (http://www.yara.co.nz/crop-nutrition/Tools-and-Services/n-sensor/) and mobile imaging technology including the ImageIT™ (http://yara.com/media/apps/imageit/).
BASF and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a collaboration agreement to evaluate how satellite-derived data and images can best be used for agricultural purposes. In close partnership with farmers, the partners’ long-term goal is to translate this information into digital tools and services.
Jain Irrigation Inc., USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., has acquired Observant Technology, thereby strengthening its global commitment to precision irrigation.
This acquisition furthers Jain Irrigation presence by extending field monitoring and control capabilities and enhancing data-based decision-support tools.
Tel Aviv, Israel and Athens, Greece, 10 January 2017 – Rivulis Irrigation Ltd. of Israel and Eurodrip S.A. of Greece announced today that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement in an all-share transaction, creating a global leader in micro irrigation. Transaction closing is subject to satisfaction of certain conditions including, but not limited to, regulatory approvals. The merged company will have unparalleled market coverage with 18 factories around the world and 1,800 employees across 5 continents and 30 countries. Growers around the world will benefit from an extensive product and solution offering, consisting of trusted industry brands such as T-Tape™, Ro-Drip™, Hydrogol™, D5000, Eolos™, Compact™, PC2™ and Olympos™. The merged company will be headquartered in Gvat, Israel and will be named Rivulis Irrigation, Ltd. Richard Klapholz, the current CEO of Rivulis Irrigation, will lead the merged company.
Tel Aviv: Copia Agro & Food a two-year old fund, investing in and managing disruptive agricultural and food projects developed by Israel's leading research institutes, just announced it is raising $50 million to expand its investments in Israeli technologies to address global challenges, such as climate change and food shortage. The fund, co-managed by Ohad Zuckerman, former CEO of Zeraim Gadera, and Eyal Cohen, cooperates with Israel's leading agriculture research institutes as well as international and local agro/food tech industry partners to transform technologies into products that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the food chain and decrease the negative effects of agriculture on the environment.
The Irrigation Association announced the winners of the 2016 new product contest during the general session, Dec. 8, at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual contest highlights innovative products introduced to the market in the last year in five categories: agriculture irrigation, specialty – agriculture, landscape irrigation, specialty – landscape and landscape lighting. Each entry was judged on innovative and/or “changed for the better” qualities, increased water efficiency, ease of use, cost benefits, time savings and design quality. A panel of industry experts selected a winner in each category.
K+S has acquired a 30% stake in fertilizer manufacturer Al-Biariq for Fertilizer Plant Co., Ltd (Al-Biariq) in Saudi Arabia for a high single-digit million figure (US dollars). A contract to this effect was signed today by both companies in Dubai. Through this purchase, K+S is seeking to participate in the growth in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, particularly in the fertigation segment (= use of fertilizers in irrigating systems).
Monheim, December 5, 2016 - Bayer and FaunaPhotonics, Copenhagen, Denmark, have entered into a three-year research cooperation to develop new sensor solutions for improved monitoring of agricultural insect pests as well as non-target insects including beneficials. Efficient pest control which at the same time spares beneficials and pollinators is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers worldwide. The ability to systematically and efficiently detect and identify insect populations is key to improved integrated pest management (IPM), which relies on the accuracy of pest population monitoring techniques.
Shakopee, MN /Arcadia, NE – USA - November 29, 2016
Farmers Edge™, a global participant in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, announced today it has partnered with Trotter Fertilizer, Nebraska’s retailer of NutriSphere-N® Nitrogen Management Solutions and AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancers. Through this partnership, Trotter Fertilizer will provide growers with advanced precision agronomy recommendations from Farmers Edge to enhance existing Variable Rate Technology (VRT) programs for their customers throughout central Nebraska.