Digital agriculture platform Climate FieldView was launched by The Climate Corporation at an event last week in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.
The platform, which is frequently used in the United States, seeks to revolutionize the way Brazilian farmers manage their properties with the tools of data science. According to a statement released by Monsanto, the platform arrived in Brazil at an initial price of R$15 per hectare.
“Farmers will acquire the service via the internet or through our staff of representatives spread through Brazil,” says Mateus Barros, South America leader of The Climate Corporation, the Digital Agricultural Business arm of Monsanto.
“Once a person creates an account on the website, he acquires the hardware necessary for the size of his operations and informs how many hectares he wants to hire. For each hectare, the farmer can map how many operations he needs during a whole year,” explained Barros.
Throughout the last two years, over 130 producers of corn and soybean in Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás, Bahia, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, and Minas Gerais tested the Climate FieldView platform on over 380,000 hectares.
“The evaluation of producers until now was very positive. As Climate FieldView generates maps and reports in real-time, they reported that they tried to correct the problems quickly and implemented more tests for the varieties and volume of seeds planted and even the operational speed,” said Barros.
The Brazilian producer has invested a lot in the last years on technologies that improved crop yields, such as machinery equipped with automatic pilot, sensors, and monitors. There is a huge quantity of data being generated by these technologies, but today the majority is not used for all of its potential. “The farmer plans in detail what he intends to do during the crop season, but he does not have tools that give visibility of the performance of the operations carried out in the field. At the time of analyzing the results, it is difficult to have clarity about what really impacts yields,” Barros stated.
According to Monsanto, Climate FieldView integrates information of planting, monitoring, spraying, harvest, and soil in just one place, which is only accessible through a cell phone, tablet or desktop. This allows the farmer to manage his operations with more efficiency and maximize productivity. “The advance of data science on agriculture will contribute to the evolution of the necessary activity to attend the complex challenge imposed by the growing demand for food,” Barros concluded.