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Commentary: Three takeaways from the Precision Ag Data Platforms Conference

The recent Precision Ag Data Platforms conference was one of the most interesting events I've attended this past year. Ag data management platforms are part of a relatively young industry by agricultural standards, but these offerings are growing and diverse. Like any young technology, growth comes with a lot of growing pains. Here are three reoccurring themes I heard all day.

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Agribotix unveils integrated drone-enabled agricultural intelligence solution

Agribotix LLC and AGCO have partnered to bring a turnkey agricultural intelligence solution to market. The "all-in-one," drone-enabled package combines Agribotix's FarmLens cloud-based data platform with the purpose-built SOLO AGCO edition quadcopter to provide customers with an efficient, reliable way to collect and analyze field data for precision agriculture applications.

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The Climate Corporation introduces Climate Fieldview integrated digital ag platform

The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto Company, announced the launch of its newly integrated platform - bringing existing product offerings into one seamless platform and launching new solutions to turn farm data into real value for farmers. Climate’s existing suite of digital tools will become the Climate FieldView digital platform, and the company will launch new functionality over the course of the next few weeks for the 2016 season to further support data-driven decision making on the farm.

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Trimble enhances its Connected Farm Solution with bundled packages

Trimble announced that its Connected Farm solution will be available in Free or Standard subscription bundles to suit growers with varying farm management requirements. The Connected Farm entry level bundle is an easy-to-use free entry point for growers to organize and access their precision farming data from any desktop computer or mobile device connected to the Internet.

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AGCO announces Go-Task mobile app

AGCO Corporation announced that it will launch a new solution for wireless task data transfer. Go-Task will be one of AGCO’s solutions for wireless transfer of task data to and from select AGCO machines and supported Farm Management Information Software (FMIS) programs.

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Farm data in custom farming contracts

As custom harvesters make their way across the United States and Canada this summer, I keep wondering what happens to all that yield data these machines are collecting. I am sure much of the data is forwarded to the landowners and farmers so that they can make decisions for next year. I hope so. But do custom harvesters address this in their agreements?

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AGCO announces AgCommand API will open to third-party developers

AGCO Corporation announced that its AgCommand API (Application Programming Interface) is now open to approved third-party developers and service providers of farming applications, such as management dashboards and mobile apps. This new capability will enable AGCO customers to access their machine data through their other farm and fleet management tools.

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InfoAg survey reveals real-time data as crucial remote imagery feature

The agriculture industry is increasingly relying on remote imagery services to make timely and effective decisions in the field. According to a survey of 2015 InfoAg attendees, nearly half (47 percent) said that they plan to increase their investments in remote imagery services, citing real-time data and higher yields as the primary factors influencing its adoption by farmers.

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