Global partnership develops autonomous crop management technology


Valmont Industries, Inc., parent company of Valley Irrigation, and Prospera Technologies Inc. are collaborating to provide growers with autonomous crop management solutions. The global partnership integrates artificial intelligence technologies with center pivot irrigation.

Autonomous crop management will result in a self-learning machine, using inputs from the field and the grower to deliver proper water, fertigation and chemigation. Launching in the spring of 2019, Anomaly Detection is a fundamental building block for growers entering into AI functionality. Providing visual detection of anomalies or issues, this technology provides features to mitigate risks in the field, assisting the grower with their irrigation and crop management practices. It will be available from Valley for all brands of pivots through a subscription-based model.

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Valley Irrigation has more than 60,000 connected devices globally and carries distribution strength through a network of more than 500 dealers worldwide. The intelligence shared between these connected devices and the pivot, along with the integration of data science, machine-learning and AI, enables the two companies to develop real-time crop diagnoses and irrigation recommendations.

Prospera, founded in 2014, brings advanced machine learning (ML) technology to the agriculture sector. Backed by investors including Cisco, Qualcomm and Bessemer, Prospera has developed analytics, algorithms and data layering to provide growers with irrigation and crop growth recommendations. Prospera currently monitors over $5 billion of greenhouse production. The partnership between the two companies will build on Prospera’s technology, expanding application to large-scale fields.

Valmont President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen G. Kaniewski, said launching specific technology products to the market and product adoption are two critical steps on the journey toward autonomous crop management. The joint machine-learning technology is targeted to reach one million acres by 2020. To develop the technology, the two companies collectively plan to invest more than $40 million over the next three years.


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