Valmont Industries, Inc., a global provider of products and services for infrastructure and irrigation equipment and the parent company of Valley Irrigation, and Prospera Technologies, Inc., a leading Israeli machine vision and artificial intelligence company specializing in ag data, are pleased to announce their global partnership.
The collaboration sets the course to provide growers with autonomous crop management solutions to generate greater returns, while requiring fewer production inputs and resources.
“Valley Irrigation is transforming the center pivot from solely an irrigation machine to an autonomous crop management tool,” says Valmont president and CEO Stephen G. Kaniewski.
“Water remains our focus, as it is the No. 1 determinant of crop yield. Growers who use pivots have a natural advantage to use them as often as needed, given their constant placement on the field. We can equip the structure to see what a grower may not be able to detect, arming them with critical information that delivers more crop precision, saving time, lowering costs and increasing yield.”
This exclusive global partnership is significant because it integrates artificial intelligence technologies with center pivot irrigation.
Valley Irrigation leads the industry with more than 60,000 connected devices globally and carries distribution strength through the industry’s largest 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, resulting in greater returns for the grower.
Prospera, founded in 2014, is a leading force in ag tech, committed to bringing advanced machine learning technology to the agriculture sector. Backed by strategic investors including Cisco, Qualcomm and Bessemer, Prospera has developed proven 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 unique technology, expanding application to large-scale fields.
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 essential features to mitigate risks in the field, assisting growers with their irrigation and crop management practices. It will be available from Valley for all brands of pivots through a subscription-based model.
Kaniewski says 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 1 million acres by 2020. To develop the technology, the two companies collectively plan to invest more than $40 million over the next three years.
“Like Valley, Prospera is committed to giving growers more data-based, actionable insights from the machines that span every inch of their fields, while reducing potential risks that can harm crop production,” says Prospera CEO Daniel Koppel.
“We are excited to partner with Valley Irrigation, the industry leader trusted by growers, and their global network of dealers, working together to feed an expanding population.”
Source: Potato Grower magazine