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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, announced the acquisition of HydroBio, an agriculture software company based in Denver, Colo. The HydroBio team will join The Climate Corporation, strengthening the company’s efforts to deliver industry-leading digital technologies to farmers around the world. “HydroBio has unique irrigation-focused data analytics capabilities, and as global water use for crop production increases, efficient irrigation is becoming even more important to the future of sustainable agriculture,” said Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate Corporation. “HydroBio has built a successful business, and their tools will complement our Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform offerings in the future.” HydroBio uses a combination of satellite imagery, soil data and hyper-local weather data to deliver irrigation insights for farmers to help improve crop water-use efficiency and maximize yields. Its unique data-driven irrigation management platform turns satellite images into actionable information, builds custom irrigation prescriptions for optimized water application, and provides crop health monitoring throughout the growing season for enhanced productivity. “We at HydroBio are very excited to join The Climate Corporation to bring our scalable irrigation management offering to more farmers in the future,” said Barrett Mooney, co-founder and chief executive officer for HydroBio. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with the great team at Climate to enhance the Climate FieldView platform and introduce new, digital tools that transform how technology is used on the farm.” Prior to this acquisition, Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), the venture capital arm of Monsanto Company, saw promise in the developing company and was an early investor in HydroBio, incorporating it into the MGV portfolio that includes a wide-range of independent companies active in key areas of agricultural productivity. This year, Monsanto Europe launched AquaTEK™, a commercial irrigation management tool for corn that is powered by HydroBio’s irrigation management platform. Officially launched in 2015, the Climate FieldView platform is on more than 100 million acres across the United States, Canada and Brazil, with more than 100,000 U.S. farmers engaging in Climate’s digital tools. Backed by the most powerful data science engine and most extensive field research network in the agriculture industry, Climate FieldView delivers customized insights that help farmers make data-driven decisions with confidence to maximize yield potential, improve efficiency and manage risk. In November 2016, the company acquired VitalFields, a European farm management software company based in Tallinn, Estonia, marking the company’s first step into the European market. The company plans to bring Climate FieldView to Europe in the coming year, with additional launch plans for Australia, Argentina and South Africa over the next few years. The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, aims to help all the world’s farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. The integrated Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform provides farmers with a comprehensive, connected suite of digital tools. Bringing together seamless field data collection, advanced agronomic modeling and local weather monitoring into simple mobile and web software solutions, the Climate FieldView platform gives farmers a deeper understanding of their fields so they can make more informed operating decisions to optimize yields, maximize efficiency and reduce risk. For more information, please visit www.climate.com or follow the company of Twitter @climatecorp. Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: discover.monsanto.com and monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at monsantoblog.com or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. HydroBio is a Software as a Service company that uses satellite image driven analytics to conserve water and maximize crop yields. It is an agricultural decision support service currently supporting thousands of acres on three continents, saving time and money by informing optimal irrigation practices and identifying problems before they impact harvest. For further information on HydroBio, please visit www.hydrobioars.com.


Groeneveld D.P.,HydroBio | Huntington J.L.,Desert Research Institute | Barz D.D.,HydroBio
Journal of Hydrology | Year: 2010

Owens Lake, California, a saline terminal lake desiccated after diversion of its water source, was formerly the single largest anthropogenic source of fugitive dust in North America. Over 100billion m-3yr-1 of fresh water are projected to be used for mandated dust control in over 100km2 of constructed basins required to be wetted to curtail emissions. An extensive evaporite deposit is located at the lake's topographic low and adjacent to the dust control basins. Because this deposit is non-dust-emissive, it was investigated as a potential replacement for the fresh water used in dust control. The deposit consists of precipitated layers of sodium carbonate and sulfate bathed by, and covered with brine dominated by sodium chloride perennially covered with floating salt crust. Evaporation (E) rates through this crust were measured using a static chamber during the period of highest evaporative demand, late June and early July, 2009. Annualized total E from these measurements was significantly below average annual precipitation, thus ensuring that such salt deposits naturally remain wet throughout the year, despite the arid climate. Because it remains wetted, the evaporite deposit may therefore have the potential to replace fresh water to achieve dust control at near zero water use. © 2010.


Groeneveld D.P.,HydroBio | Barz D.D.,HydroBio
Remote Sensing Letters | Year: 2010

Atmospheric scatter of red and near-infrared (NIR) reflectance was studied by the extraction of pixel values over clear deep water, cloud tops, and smoke plumes from Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper data. A highly precise relationship (r2 = 0.9994) was found for scatter in red versus NIR bands (B3 = 0.9276×B4 + 0.19). The combination of scatter measurements for smoke, ice crystals and water droplets demonstrated the utility for this relationship across widely different aerosol types. Similarly, QuickBird data were found to fit the relationship despite significantly different relative spectral responses, demonstrating robustness for application of the relationship to similar sensors. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.


Groeneveld D.P.,HydroBio | Barz D.D.,HydroBio
Journal of Hydrology | Year: 2014

A bathymetry model was developed from a series of Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) images to assist discrimination of hydrologic processes on a low-relief, stable saline playa in Dixie Valley, Nevada, USA. The slope of the playa surface, established by field survey on a reference transect, enabled calculation of relative elevation of the edges of pooled brine mapped from Landsat TM5 band 5 reflectance (TMB5) in the 1.55-1.75. μm shortwave infrared region (SWIR) of the spectrum. A 0.02 TMB5 reflectance threshold accurately differentiated the shallow (1-2. mm depth) edges of pools. Isocontours of equal elevations of pool margins were mapped with the TMB5 threshold, forming concentric rings that were assigned relative elevations according to the position that the pool edges intersected the reference transect. These data were used to fit a digital elevation model and a curve for estimating pooled volume given the distance from the playa edge to the intersection of the pool edge with the reference transect.To project pooled volume using the bathymetric model for any TM snapshot, within a geographic information system, the 0.02 TMB5 threshold is first used to define the edge of the exposed brine. The distance of this edge from the playa edge along the reference transect is then measured and input to the bathymetric equation to yield pooled volume. Other satellite platforms with appropriate SWIR bands require calibration to Landsat TMB5. The method has applicability for filling reservoirs, bodies of water that fluctuate and especially bodies of water inaccessible to acoustic or sounding methods. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

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