Yara International, a leader in crop nutrition, and IBM announced [April 26] an agreement to build the world’s leading digital farming platform, providing holistic digital services and instant agronomic advice.
Yara and IBM Services will jointly innovate and commercialize digital agricultural solutions that will help increase global food production by drawing on the two companies’ complementary capabilities: Yara’s agronomic knowledge, backed by more than 800 agronomists and a century of experience, and IBM’s digital platforms, services and expertise in artificial intelligence and data analytics.
The joint global digital farming platform will apply artificial intelligence, machine learning, and in-field data to unlock new insights for farmers. The digital platform will have worldwide coverage and aspires to reach 247 million acres of farmland….close to 7 percent of all arable land worldwide including millions of smallholder farms.
The Yara/IBM partnership will focus on all aspects of farm optimization. One specific area of collaboration will be weather data….[T]he joint platform will not only provide hyperlocal weather forecasts but will in addition give real-time actionable recommendations, tailored to the specific needs of individual fields/crops.
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