As a result, every solution must be tailored to meet the needs of an individual farmer in a specific field. When we seek to understand individual needs, we become capable of finding better answers and shaping the future of agriculture. Through the digitalization of our pipeline, supply chain and interactions with farmers, we know more than ever about our customers’ fields, how our products are used, and how they perform. By digitally connecting farmers with these new data sets, we can provide solutions that best support the decisions they make every day, from planting to harvest.
Climate FieldView™ is a software platform that enables farmers to have a complete picture of their operation. Using more than 250 layers of data and billions of data points, farmers are able to monitor field variability, optimize inputs, and stop problems before they start. These digital tools help farmers use nitrogen and crop protection tools, like herbicides, more efficiently, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pesticide runoff into water. They can alert farmers when conditions are too wet or windy to apply pesticides, helping them to use the right amount of product at the right place at the right time. By using data to understand the entire field, farmers can grow enough while using less land, energy, and water.
Farmers understand the importance of preserving the environment better than most. For example, since 2013, farmers in South America have planted millions of hectares of Intacta™ soybean seeds, which require fewer pesticides and allows them to adopt more sustainable practices. The result? Keeping 6.8 billion kilograms of carbon – the equivalent of 3.3. million cars – in the ground where it belongs. With the benefit of enhanced weed and pest control, farmers have reduced their carbon emissions by spending less time in the tractor applying crop protection products and adopting reduced- and no-till practices in their fields.
Tomato farmers in Mexico have discovered a way to cultivate harvests while using fewer natural resources. Collaborating with Netafim, we’ve developed the DripByDrip irrigation system which applies crop protection products in the right quantities at the right time through drip irrigation. This system means better tomato harvests, using fewer inputs.
Innovations in agriculture help farmers grow better and protect our planet. Modern technologies have increased farmer productivity exponentially and, perhaps most importantly, they have reduced the impact of agriculture on the environment. Progress can only be truly achieved when we use our collective ingenuity to look for answers. Together, we will share our experience in breeding, biotechnology, chemistry, biologicals, and data science to unlock new potential and provide more tailored solutions.