CNH Industrial has acquired a minority stake in Augmenta, a company focused on automating farming operations using computer vision and artificial intelligence. The acquisition will see CNH Industrial become Augmenta’s strategic partner in crop sensing and machinery automation, and also foresees future joint research and development collaboration.
Augmenta’s real-time precision farming solution uses a roof-mounted system, which contains multispectral 4K cameras that scan the field ahead during normal farming operation, and by using artificial intelligence calculates exactly what the crop needs in terms of fertiliser or crop protection products.
This real-time variable rate application prescription is transmitted to the implement instantly, thereby reducing the quantity of such products required, lowering operating costs and enhancing sustainable practices.
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The system, compatible with a broad range of crops, including small and large grains, cotton, rice and sugarcane, not only analyses the crop condition – including detecting foliage status and various other visual patterns – but also compensates for environmental factors which may impact analysis, such as light levels.
The data from the system is automatically transmitted to a cloud portal, for easy management and analysis, or can be exported in standard format to other farm management information systems.
Augmenta’s technology will be available globally through the AGXTEND portfolio.