TEL-AVIV, Israel - Netafim, the global leader in precision irrigation, and FluroSat, a leading company in remote field sensing and analytics, have announced their collaboration on integrating FluroSat's data into Netafim's automated irrigation and fertigation cloud-based platform, NetBeat™. FluroSat's unique remote sensing and plant metrics combines with Netafim's NetBeat™ platform to enable easier, more precise, and more reliable irrigation, fertigation and crop management decisions.
As a result of this collaboration, Netafim's customers (and particularly NetBeat™ owners) get access to advanced crop monitoring tools as a standalone monitoring and analysis service or directly integrated into Netafim's NetBeat™. This results in site-specific irrigation recommendations with near-real-time adjustment of irrigation and fertigation quantities based on the current crop condition assessed by FluroSense.
FluroSense™ agronomic analytics engine provides data about the performance and the status of the crops, reporting biomass levels, canopy cover, growth stage, and crop development trends for every field or block on a farm. In addition to crop performance, FluroSense™ also enables detection of crop stress stemming from nutrient deficiency, pest, disease or irrigation system issues such as leaks and sends out corresponding alerts.
"We designed NetBeat™ to be an open platform since we believe that joint innovation is the way of the future," said Guy Leventon, VP Digital Farming at Netafim. "We have examined dozens of new technologies with the aim of incorporating the best into the NetBeat™ platform. After comprehensive testing we concluded that FluroSat brings unique capabilities that will result in high value for farmers."
Following the successful pilot across a range of crops in Netafim key regions (North America, South America, Australia), FluroSense analytics is being rolled out across the Netafim network and is available to all dealers and customers of Netafim.
"Our agronomic analytics engine FluroSense™ was designed to be a 'translation layer' that transforms all data available about the crops into conclusive insights for the person or the machine making crop management decisions," said Anastasia Volkova, PhD, CEO and Founder of FluroSat. "FluroSense™ is heavily automated and was designed to work without human in the loop. We are very excited to partner with Netafim to demonstrate what this 'no touch' approach can mean for global agriculture in terms of timely precise crop management and irrigation in particular."
Now Netafim customers will soon have access (directly or through their local Netafim agronomist/dealer) to FluroSense analytics via direct integration, which allows for farm boundaries and crop information to be exchanged and for automated crop monitoring to be activated. The immediate benefits to Netafim customers include: weekly Crop Performance Summary Reports and regular Crop Stress Alert Emails. The two companies will continue their collaboration in developing analytics products.
Netafim is the global leader in precision irrigation for a sustainable future. With 29 subsidiaries and 17 manufacturing plants worldwide, Netafim delivers innovative, tailor-made irrigation and fertigation solutions to millions of farmers, allowing smallholders to large-scale agricultural producers, in over 110 countries to grow more with less™. Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered the drip revolution, creating a paradigm shift toward precision irrigation. Today, specializing in end-to-end solutions from the water source to the root zone, Netafim delivers turnkey irrigation and greenhouse projects, supported by engineering, project management and financing services. Netafim is also leading the way in digital farming, integrating real-time monitoring, analysis and automated control into one state-of-the-art system. In 2017, Orbia, a global leader in specialty products and innovative solutions acquired 80% of Netafim, Kibbutz Hatzerim holds the remaining 20%.
See how Netafim's solutions are changing the economics of agriculture and helping the world grow more with less™ at www.netafim.com.
FluroSat is a crop health solutions provider that delivers early, accurate, and actionable information on farm performance and plant nutrition to crop advisors and agronomists globally. Through its analytics platform, FluroSense ™, it applies a combination of agricultural science, machine learning algorithms, and integrated scientific crop models to data gathered on the farm, and contextualized remote sensing imagery. These data are turned into proactive reports on crop performance, alerts of crop stress and recommendation for crop nutrition. FluroSat is monitoring over 10M HA of arable land globally and supports leading agribusinesses in delivering precision agriculture programs and decision support to their growers.