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Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, 2020/02/19 - BASF’s digital farming product xarvio™ FIELD MANAGER saw a robust 2019, supporting the crop production of over two million hectares of farmed fields of more than 17,000 farmers globally - xarvio.com / Agriculture.BASF.com. DE000BASF111
• New nutrient and buffer zone management features launched;
• xarvio™ FIELD MANAGER already used by more than 17,000 farmers globally on over two million hectares of farmed fields;
• Leading to higher return on investment and more sustainable farming.
Based on extensive customer feedback, xarvio is now introducing new features for 2020. These include field-zone specific nutrient management including timing and dosing, application maps with automatically integrated buffer zones as well as wireless machine connectivity. Furthermore, new functions were launched to allow farmers and their advisors to better collaborate directly in xarvio FIELD MANAGER. All new features are available on mobile devices for farmers worldwide.
The new features of xarvio FIELD MANAGER complement an already robust service, which includes field-zone-specific real-time information, such as detailed growth stages of crops and mobile alerts on field-specific risk status for diseases and pests based on risk models market tested for 25 years.
In 2019, xarvio FIELD MANAGER helped farmers to achieve higher returns on investments on their fields. For example, in 2017/2018, European farmers who protected their wheat fields against diseases based on xarvio FIELD MANAGER recommendations, achieved on average €32 per hectare more than farmers using the standard protection regimen with three fungicide applications. “It was amazing to see how many farmers embraced digital farming for the first time in 2019 and were convinced by the results after the season. Seeing the higher profitability and time savings for our customers encourages us to continue developing our digital crop production optimization algorithms,” explained Joseph Allendorf, Product Manager for xarvio FIELD MANAGER.
Andree-Georg Girg, Global Head Commercial Operations Digital Farming at BASF, added: “Together with xarvio’s growing number of products and services, we aim to transform the landscape of digital farming even further in 2020 and continue to bring profitability and a more sustainable farming environment to farmers.”
With xarvio HEALTHY FIELDS, the company will bring its newest product into the market starting in Germany in 2020 with more countries to follow. Using xarvio HEALTHY FIELDS, customers get a full-service field-zone specific disease management with a health guarantee for crops. “The recommended crop protection strategy of xarvio FIELD MANAGER will be carried out by an experienced contractor. The farmer is relieved of complex work and can follow every single step transparently. If the disease-related leaf damages on a field at the end of a season are greater than agreed in advance, the farmer will receive compensation,” said Girg.
About xarvio™ Digital Farming Solutions
xarvio (xarvio.com) is at the forefront of the digital transformation of agriculture optimizing crop production. xarvio offers digital products, based on a global leading crop model platform, which deliver independent field-zone-specific agronomic advice enabling farmers to produce their crops most efficiently and sustainable. The xarvio products SCOUTING, FIELD MANAGER and HEALTHY FIELDS are being used by farmers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work for farmers, society and the planet. In 2018, our division generated sales of €6.2 billion.
At BASF (basf.com), we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S.