German multinational crop protection product manufacturer BASF is to collaborate with the Indian global digital technology specialist Infosys to develop new digital tools for the farm market. The partnership combines Infosys’ expertise in digital, big data and open source technologies with BASF’s strength in chemistry, digital and agricultural business.

Amongst other projects, Infosys and BASF’s crop protection division are working on BASF’s Maglis digital platform to help farmers with decision support in growing and marketing their crops. Infosys input includes developing the Maglis Crop Plan crop monitoring and Maglis Customer Navigator agronomic risk management functions.

“Throughout the projects, we are co-operating directly with our customers and discussing our ideas with them,” notes Dr Matthias Nachtmann, team lead digital farming & Maglis, global strategic marketing, for BASF Crop Protection. “This is how we ensure the delivery of customer value through innovation. Collaborating with digital experts like Infosys helps us transform our ideas into new valuable solutions.”

Sandeep Dadlani, president and global head, manufacturing, retail, CPG and logistics at Infosys, states: “The use of technology in agriculture has quickly become an effective way to improve crop yield and productivity. The real beauty of Maglis is the way it is being built; quite literally from the ground up in an Agile and DevOps delivery model. We have worked with BASF alongside farmers and the agricultural community to create digital solutions that help them manage their fields more effectively.”