By partnering with CropX, FarmAgro can now offer Latin American growers precision ag tools.
Automatising irrigation, soil- and crop-specific management, Geo-tagging of agricultural land, and other solutions are made available to growers in Latin America thanks to the partnership between FarmAgro, an agroforestry equipment company in Costa Rica, and agricultural analytics company CropX in Israel.
Low irrigation efficiency
By partnering with FarmAgro, CropX plans to expand its deployment across the Latin America and Caribbean region, which covers some 205 million ha. While the region has demonstrated low irrigation efficiency to date, the region’s irrigated area is expected to increase from 18 million to 22 million ha by 2030 according to the FAO.
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According to CropX, their self-calibrating sensor can be installed by anyone within 5 minutes. - Photos: CropX
Unlock valuable data from farmers
With CropX irrigation management tools in place, FarmAgro says it will be able to unlock valuable data from farmers around Central America to better understand how climate change is impacting the region’s agriculture.
“Climatic variations across Central and Latin America are creating a new set of risks for farmers in the region. We are excited to collaborate with FarmAgro to help manage those risks and improve yields by increasing the penetration of our crop management tools in the entire Latin American market,” said CropX President John Vikupitz.
“As we focus on our global expansion, CropX aims to become the leader in soil data science by delivering the only farm analytics platform with global deployments that offers integrated and accurate soil data gathered by an advanced, soil sensor network.”
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Services include irrigation management tools that provide autonomous and adaptive irrigation prescriptions, crop-specific recommendations adjusted to the crop’s growth stage, optimal planting and harvest date estimations, identification of early stage field variability and more.
CropX farm management platform
As part of the new partnership, FarmAgro now offers Latin American farmers advanced precision ag services based on the CropX farm management platform, which integrates data from its proprietary soil sensors with a set of above-ground data layers, such as weather, satellite imagery, crop models, etc.
The new FarmAgro services include irrigation management tools that provide autonomous and adaptive irrigation prescriptions, crop-specific recommendations adjusted to the crop’s growth stage, optimal planting and harvest date estimations, identification of early stage field variability and more.
Expand to entire Latin American region
Based on successful trials of the CropX platform on some of the main crops in Costa Rica (banana, coffee, sugarcane and pineapple), FarmAgro is now targeting the largest agricultural producers of these crops in Central America, in addition to other types of crops, such as melons, watermelons, cantaloupes and mangoes.
After deployment in Central America reaches critical mass, FarmAgro plans to expand CropX distribution to the entire Latin American region.