News Briefs February 5, 2018
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Investments in ag tech are essential to DuPont Pioneer helping grow customers’ operations and improving the quality and precision of products. This week’s briefs cover investments in both Granular and PrecisionHawk, as well as planting rates and planning for diseases.
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In the News
Ag Tech Transforming the Way We Think of Food
Feeding the planet’s rapidly expanding population is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity. With the global population expected to reach 9.7 billion in just a few decades, researchers estimate that food demand may expand by up to 98 percent.
Companies like the DuPont-owned Granular are applying big data analytics to help farmers grow crops more effectively…Read more
PrecisionHawk raises $75 million in Series D Investments
Drone-enabled aerial data and safety platform provider PrecisionHawk, which receives funding from DuPont Pioneer, has raised $75 million as part of its Series D investment. The North Carolina-based startup is one of the recent ag tech investments for DuPont Pioneer, which also includes the prominent acquisition of farm management software platform Granular in August…Read more
Know the Sweet Spot for Planting Rates
Growers are encouraged to know the “sweet spot” or optimum economic planting rate, for each of the hybrids they are planting—whether it is flat-rate or variable rate seeding. DuPont Pioneer field tests hybrid response to plant population at dozens of locations across North America each year. This extensive testing allows us to sample a wide array of environments at many yield levels. The wide-ranging data set obtained powers this Planting Rate Estimator…Read more
Planning Ahead for Corn Disease Control
It's not too early for growers to begin planning to prevent yield loss caused by gray leaf spot or southern rust in 2018 corn fields. The best fungicide application is a preventive one, made before disease signs appear on upper leaves. Late-planted, highly susceptible hybrids are at greatest risk during growing seasons with frequent rain events…See more