Bosch & BASF collaborate for digital technologies in the agricultural sector

Making tomorrow's agriculture more efficient with smart farming

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Accelerated digital innovations foster precision farming, resource efficiencies and sustainability. Photo - Bosch

Bosch and BASF Digital Farming have signed a 50:50 joint venture (JV) agreement to globally market and sell smart farming solutions from a single source in the future. The JV agreement was signed on 10 November 2020 and will be followed by founding a new company based in Cologne, which will be established in the first quarter of 2021. The foundation is subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities. Both parties have agreed not to disclose financial details.

Bosch brings to the JV significant capability in hardware and software, as well as digital services. BASF Digital Farming with its xarvio Digital Farming Solutions provides an automated, real-time, field-specific agronomic decision-making engine for weed management powered by the digital xarvio platform crop optimization. It provides farmers with field zone-specific advice on how to produce crops most sustainably. Combining both companies’ expertise with state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions will make it easier and more convenient for farmers to benefit from digital solutions.

Spraying and saving

“Thanks to connecting agricultural machinery using high-tech sensors, intelligent software and digital products, we can make tomorrow’s agriculture more efficient and at the same time more environmentally friendly,” said Andrew Allen, responsible for Commercial Vehicles and Off-Road Business at Robert Bosch GmbH. “Both companies are committed to investing time, resources and funding in joint activities that will lead to the development of new sustainable, precision technologies that improve agricultural practices and outcomes,” said Vincent Gros, president of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division.

According to the press statement, the first two products to be launched will be a version of the Intelligent Planting Solution (IPS), with enhanced digital intelligence for seeding and fertilizer prescriptions and Smart Spraying. The Smart Spraying solution combines Bosch’s camera sensor technology and software with xarvio’ s crop optimization platform. Both products have been tested extensively in real growing conditions. Such innovative precision farming practices enable resource efficiencies supporting farmers and the environment.

Depending on the local conditions, this may lead to a reduced need for crop protection in specific applications. Smart Spraying shows up to 70% herbicide volume reduction in the experimental stage. The solution is expected to be launched with a limited number of machines in 2021.

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