Taranis Partners with ADAMA & Landmark to bring precision agriculture to Austrlia
“Australian farmers are experiencing the devastating effects of drought right now. As a business, we’re focused on helping our clients find solutions to help them cope. Sustainability and profitability of your growers are our focus,” says Sam Bald, national digital strategy manager at Landmark Australia. “Together with Taranis, we’ll be able to deliver enhanced solutions and greater value to help Australian growers increase their food production and stand out in an increasingly competitive global market.”
Taranis has developed a platform for aerial imagery insights that combines deep-learning technology with high-speed UAVs and manned aircrafts. These insights help farmers better manage how crops are grown (e.g. seed emergence, weeds, insect damage, nutrition deficiency, fertilizer top and side dressing, yield estimation, harvest priority, and automated scouting). Through this partnership, Taranis will work to offer farmers new and innovative technologies and products, which will add another level to the services the company currently provides.
“By working with local partners in Australia, we will be able to further develop our database of large commodity crops, identifying more varieties of plant disease, weeds, insects, and more,” says Ofir Schlam, CEO and cofounder of Taranis. “With this collaboration, we look forward to providing farmers with better management practices and preventative insights, helping them to make the right decisions at the right time to achieve higher yields.”
The three companies will leverage their wide array of technologies to efficiently monitor and treat crop threats, which will equip farmers with the tools to increase crop yields. With 30 clients already taking advantage of the partnership, Taranis realized that the Australian market was ripe for precision agriculture disruption. Farmers are able to make better informed decisions based on knowledge collected from multiple trusted sources.
“We’re excited to partner with Taranis to develop and provide our clients with the most groundbreaking farming solutions,” says Andrew Newall, ag tech and innovation manager at ADAMA Australia.” We believe that the company’s technology represents the future of farming and combined with ADAMA’s crop-protection portfolio the reach and applications of our capabilities are endless. Our goal is to continue to provide valuable services and products to farmers, ultimately optimizing yields and increasing growth exponentially.”
Taranis focuses on high-volume commodity crops like corn, cotton, and sugar cane, which account for 70% of global crop volumes. The company currently services large farmers in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Ukraine, and Australia, and it says it is helping those farmers address issues in real-time and increasing yields by 7.5%.
It recently announced the closing of a $20 million Series B funding round to expand its global footprint.