Vaisala and Yara to Collaborate on Development of Weather Solutions for Agriculture
Vaisala and Yara have signed a cooperation agreement on partnership to develop weather technology solutions for agriculture. The agreement spans several years, and the collaboration envisions resource-efficient and traceable agriculture solutions using new-generation technology. Hyperlocal weather data is one of the most important process data flows in agriculture.
“Yara invests substantially in digital farming solution development with global ambitions. Access to hyperlocal weather data allows the development of more precise algorithms: cooperation with Vaisala enables Yara to develop technology with a global leader,” said Mikko Jääskeläinen, who is responsible for the partnership at Yara.
“New remote sensing technology, process approach in field management and computational farming are the key driving forces behind agricultural change. Together with the world’s leading crop nutrition company, we can further develop our weather technology to support farm management operations, as well as decision-making with local environmental observations and precise weather forecasts. We believe that this collaboration will provide significant benefits for all parties in the agrifood ecosystem,” said Erik Sucksdorff, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Weather and Environment Business Area, Vaisala.
The development of agricultural processes requires seamless weather data management. New weather technology can be used to improve the optimization of crop nutrition, and to increase the efficiency of farm management, for example. Combining new weather solutions with stronger process orientation in farming will provide significant benefits.
“Yara and Vaisala have begun an extensive pilot program to test new technologies at farm level over several years. In Finland, the program will focus on the development of solutions for grass production and on defining a resource-efficient field process as part of a sustainable dairy ecosystem. Finnish farms will be among the first to test out solutions,” said Yara’s Marketing Manager Lauri Heimala.
Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet, to fulfill our vision of a collaborative society, a world without hunger and a planet respected. To meet these commitments, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the whole food value chain to develop more climate-friendly crop nutrition solutions. In addition, we are committed to working towards sustainable mineral fertilizer production. We foster an open culture of diversity and inclusion that promotes the safety and integrity of our employees, contractors, business partners, and society at large. Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with more than 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries. In 2018, Yara reported revenues of USD 13.1 billion. www.yara.com