One of the most thoughtful companies tackling this issue right now is BASF, an agronomic institution with more than a century of experience in crop production and protection. Their crop science team works at the forefront of fungicide and herbicide research — understanding the nuanced effects that certain chemical combinations and weather events can have on crop outcomes, as well as on the farmer’s bottom line. The xarvio Digital Farming
team has taken a unique position in their commitment to healthy fields and reduction of spray applications — surprisingly so, for an ag chemical company. For the past three years, Arable has partnered with BASF’s xarvio Digital Farming team to understand the measurements that power their FIELD MANAGER
crop optimization platform.
The pilot program deployed hundreds of Arable Mark devices across a variety of representative microclimates to collect field-level measurements including leaf wetness, precipitation, temperature, and vegetative growth. Knowing these critical parameters significantly increases the accuracy of spray window recommendations. In the example below, field-level weather data delayed the initial spray recommendation by twelve days (vs. gridded satellite weather data), while the field remained protected. Other benefits of the trial showed lower environmental stress and an average savings of $30/hectare. Live precipitation data populating the interface increased user engagement by 2x, demonstrating the power of real-time, in-field measurements.