The Climate Corporation Expands Its Industry-Leading, Global Digital Agriculture Platform into Europe

Analytics-based digital tools, farmers in these European regions will be able to get all their data into one, connected platform,

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The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (No. 39 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list), announced at Agritechnica, the world's leading trade fair for agricultural machinery, the pre-commercial launch of the Climate FieldView digital agriculture platform into regions of Europe for the 2018 growing season.


Through the company's innovative, analytics-based digital tools, farmers in these European regions will be able to get all their data into one, connected platform, uncover valuable field insights and maximize productivity to get the most out of every acre.

"Transformative digital technologies are helping more farmers around the world gain a deeper understanding of their fields through easy-to-use tools that are helping enhance their operations through the power of data," said Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate Corporation. "Farmers around the world are experiencing the value of the Climate FieldView platform on millions of acres, and soon farmers in Europe will have the opportunity to bring their field data to life. Farmers will be able to seamlessly collect data, quickly visualize it, and gain personalized insights to optimize agronomic practices and make critical management decisions that impact sustainable crop production."

Over the past year, the Climate FieldView platform conducted robust testing efforts across farms in Germany, France and Ukraine. For the upcoming season, more farmers in these countries will be able to experience data collection and visualization in the cab of their  equipment, along with additional tools to analyze and evaluate crop performance and manage variability through customized seeding and fertility prescriptions.

"Climate FieldView is an extremely user-friendly, intuitive tool," said Andreas Roehrl, a farmer from Bavaria who participated in beta testing the Climate FieldView platform this season. "From my point of view, it is the first tool that has the potential to help me finally get all my data in one place and easily analyze all the available information to start planning ahead and ensure I'm making the best decisions for the success of my operation. I'm excited to accompany this coming year's growing season and harvest with Climate FieldView, and I hope the positive projections on my business can be implemented in practice and will bring desired results."

Climate FieldView Platform Offering in Europe

Data Connectivity - Farmers can collect, store and visualize their field data in one easy-to-use digital platform through the Climate FieldView Drive, a device that easily streams field data directly into a farmer's Climate FieldView account. FieldView Drive is compatible with many equipment types across Europe, including planters, sprayers and combines, helping farmers easily collect field data for the agronomic inputs they manage throughout the season.

Recently, The Climate Corporation announced a global data connectivity agreement with AGCO, providing more farmers even greater options to connect their equipment to the Climate FieldView platform. In addition to the FieldView Drive and AGCO connectivity,  farmers will be able to connect their field data to their Climate FieldView account through Precision Planting LLC's monitors, cloud-to-cloud connection with other agricultural software systems such as the John Deere Operations Center, and through manual file upload. Available in Spring 2018.

Yield Analysis Tools - With Climate's seed performance and analysis tools, farmers can see what worked and what didn't at the field level or by field region, and apply those insights to better understand field variability by quickly and easily comparing digital field maps side-by-side. Available in Spring 2018.

Seeding and Fertility Scripting - Farmers can manage their inputs to optimize yield in every part of their field with manual variable rate seed and fertility scripting tools. Through Climate's manual seed scripting tools, farmers can easily create detailed planting plans for

their fields to build a hybrid specific prescription tailored to their unique goals, saving time and improving productivity. Additionally, Climate offers a manual fertility scripting tool, enabling farmers the ability to optimize their inputs with a customized management plan for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime tailored to their unique goals. Available

in Spring 2018.

Advanced Field Health Imagery - Through frequent and consistent, high-quality satellite imagery, farmers can instantly visualize and analyze crop performance, helping them identify issues early, prioritize scouting and take action early to protect yield. Climate's proprietary imagery process provides consistent imagery quality and frequency by using high-resolution imagery with vegetative data from multiple images, in addition to advanced cloud identification. Farmers can also drop geo-located scouting pins on field health images and navigate back to those spots for a closer look, or share with agronomic partners. Available in Fall 2018.

Additional Digital Product Offerings in Europe

As part of Climate's suite of digital technologies, the company offers two additional product offerings that are changing agriculture and helping farmers more efficiently meet the needs of our growing planet.

VitalFields, an Estonia-based farm management software company acquired by Climate in late 2016, delivers a simple farm management tool allowing farmers to plan and manage their field activities, and generate management and compliance reports automatically to ensure compliance with European Union environmental standards. The widely-adopted VitalFieldssystem continues to expand its footprint in Europe, with plans for integration into the Climate FieldView platform in coming seasons.

The AquaTEK irrigation system, launched by Monsanto Europe in early 2017, provides farmers an irrigation management tool for efficient water use in corn and is powered by an advanced analytics-based irrigation platform that is delivered through HydroBio, which was acquired by Climate in April 2017.

2018 Availability

The Climate FieldView platform will be available in Germany, France and Ukraine so that farmers can begin using it on their farms in time for planting of summer crops. To experience the complete value of the platform throughout the entire growing season, farmers should sign up for a Climate FieldView account this winter. The VitalFields tool is currently available in Germany, Poland, Austria, Estonia, Romania and Switzerland. The AquaTEK system is currently available in Italy, Spain and Portugal.

As Climate continues to expand its digital technologies to help more farmers access advanced agronomic insights, additional new data layers will feed the company's unmatched R&D engine, ultimately enabling the development of valuable new features for farmers in the Climate FieldView platform. In August 2017, the company announced the acceleration of R&D advancements through the company's robust innovation pipeline, along with new product features and enhancements to help farmers manage their field variability more precisely than ever before. Launched in 2015, the Climate FieldView platform is on more than 120 million acres with more than 100,000 users across the United States, Canada and Brazil. It has quickly become the most broadly connected platform in the industry and continues to expand into new global regions.

For more information about the Climate FieldView platform and pricing in Europe, visit www.climatefieldview.de (Germany), www.climatefieldview.fr (France) or http://www.climatefieldview.com.ua/ (Ukraine). For more information about VitalFields, visit

www.vitalfields.com.

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Currently more than 200 small companies and start-ups are housed at T-REX, which is also located about two miles away from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency construction site.

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Originally Published by Monsanto.

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"Collaboration with industry is vital to ensure that new discoveries made in the lab can lead to innovations that will prevent crop losses caused by plant disease," said Dr. Peter van Esse, leader of the 2Blades Research Group at TSL.

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Originally Published by Monsanto.

Monsanto Company and charitable organization 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have formed a new collaboration to discover novel sources of genetic resistance to Asian soybean rust (ASR). 2Blades will deliver resistance genes in further collaboration with The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL, Norwich, UK), the leading global institute for research on plant-pathogen interactions, and the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), a leading university in agricultural sciences in Brazil.

Asian soybean rust, a disease caused by the fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi, results in yellowing and browning of soybean leaves and can lead to premature senesence and significant yield loss. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), P. pachyrhizi has spread rapidly and causes yield losses from 10 to 80% in Argentina, Asia, Brazil, Paraguay, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.1

"Asian soybean rust is an ugly and expensive disease that can devastate farmers' harvests," said Jeremy Williams, Monsanto's biotechnology and ag productivity innovation lead. "Current fungicide treatments can provide some control, but farmers need more tools – and the 2Blades research could help provide a durable solution as part of an integrated pest-management system."

2Blades' mission is to contribute to global food security by developing crops with long-lasting resistance to pathogens in order to reduce losses due to disease. By working with world-leading plant scientists, 2Blades seeks to discover new sources of disease resistance in nature and transfer them into important crops to extend the breadth of their immune system and secure yields.

"Collaboration with industry is vital to ensure that new discoveries made in the lab can lead to innovations that will prevent crop losses caused by plant disease," said Dr. Peter van Esse, leader of the 2Blades Research Group at TSL. "It is therefore exciting to see that our scientific expertise and knowledge on plant-microbe interactions will be combined with Monsanto's capacity to deliver solutions to farmers to tackle a key challenge in soybean cultivation."

"The management of soybean rust requires the integration of different approaches, including disease resistance. This collaboration will allow us to use cutting-edge technologies to speed up the identification of new resistance genes that can be used to deliver more sustainable solutions to soybean farmers, reducing the environmental and economic impact of ASR," said Prof. Sérgio H. Brommonschenkel at UFV.

In January 2017, Monsanto, 2Blades and The Sainsbury Laboratory announced a collaboration focused on tackling corn disease complexes such as stalk and ear rots that have the potential to significantly reduce yield. That research is ongoing and is independent of this new collaboration.

The ASR collaboration complements Monsanto's work to expand the global crop protection toolbox while enabling farmers to produce more with less of an impact on the environment. 2Blades retains rights to deploy new leads arising from the program in crops for smallholder farmers in the least developed countries, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Soybean is a crop of significant and increasing importance in Africa, with extraordinary nutritional, soil, and economic benefits. However, the presence of ASR throughout the African continent is a major factor limiting production.

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Mark Edge, Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries at Monsanto, talks about WEMA, the initiative that uses Bt maize to eradicate a harmful pest and help smallholder farmers in Africa.

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By Mark Edge

Originally Published by Monsanto.

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