Sunday, 15 November 2020 06:57

Bosch, BASF to launch joint venture to sell farming tech

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When driving over a field, cameras distributed across the total working width of the field sprayer scan the vegetation over the entire area. When driving over a field, cameras distributed across the total working width of the field sprayer scan the vegetation over the entire area. Courtesy Bosch

German global technology and services provider Bosch Group and BASF Digital Farming have formed a joint venture to market and sell smart farming solutions.

The deal, which was signed on 10 November, will lead to formation of a new company based in Cologne in the first quarter of 2021, a statement from Bosch said.

Bosch will contribute its capabilities in hardware, software and digital services, while BASF, through its xarvio Digital Farming Solutions, will supply "an automated, real-time, field specific agronomic decision-making engine for weed management powered by the digital xarvio platform for crop optimisation".

This provides farmers with field zone-specific advice on how to produce crops in the most sustainable way.

"Thanks to connecting agricultural machinery using high-tech sensors, intelligent software and digital products, we can make tomorrow's agriculture more efficient and at the same time more environmentally friendly," said Andrew Allen, who is responsible for Commercial Vehicles and Off-Road Business at Robert Bosch.

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The smart spraying concept by Bosch and BASF focuses on the precise application of herbicides in the field to control weeds. Courtesy Bosch

"Both companies are committed to investing time, resources and funding in joint activities that will lead to the development of new sustainable, precision technologies that improve agricultural practices and outcomes," said Vincent Gros, president of BASF's Agricultural Solutions division.

The first two products to be launched by the joint venture will be a version of the Intelligent Planting Solution system, with improved digital intelligence for seeding and fertiliser prescriptions and Smart Spraying.

The latter solution uses Bosch's camera sensor technology and software with xarvio's crop optimisation platform.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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