Crop protection business BASF and Proagrica, the division of multinational RELX behind the Farmers Weekly publishing stable; the Farmplan software and Gatekeeper agronomy suites and the F4F Agriculture trade support platform, are working on a digital interface for farm management systems.

The two companies have signed a development and operation agreement to bring one of the first farm management system interfaces to market. This will enable growers to connect to the BASF Maglis digital platform through their preferred farm management system. Proagrica says its integration and connectivity expertise guarantees the efficient transfer and protection of grower data shared with Maglis.

Canada will see the integration of a farm data management system with Maglis through the new interface.  A pilot trial is underway there ahead of a commercial launch. The Compass Grower system, owned by Ontario-based Affinity Management, will provide crop and field information through the interface to supports insights from the Maglis Crop Plan and Maglis Sustainability Assessment tools. Maglis Crop Plan helps farmers monitor and manage their crops, while the Maglis Sustainability Assessment demonstrates the impact of different agricultural practices on sustainability factors such as business profitability, soil health, and biodiversity.

Proagrica says F4F’s data connectivity, integration expertise and proven global data platform provides trusted, efficient access to data from any source, and will ensure scalable access to the BASF Maglis system.

The partners expect to integrate additional farm management systems to the interface, and to make it available in different regions of the world. Affinity already has an office in the US. While there is no date for a European rollout, Proagrica already has a data exchange agreement between its Gatekeeper and the Muddy Boots agronomy program.

 “Efficiently connecting and integrating diverse data sources in the agricultural supply chain is one of the biggest barriers to leveraging the benefits of precision agriculture,” notes Alistair Knott, Proagrica’s director of precision agriculture development. “However, just connecting systems is not the sole issue. Cleansing and transforming the data and homogenizing it into a common data model is fundamental. This ensures that the data is both accurately represented and can be used to help farmers and their cropping and livestock advisors make better, evidence-based decisions.”

For BASF, vice president of global strategy & portfolio management at BASF Crop Protection Dr Rainer Preuss observes: “Digital tools are transforming agriculture. BASF is playing an active role in the digital transformation of the industry and is constantly evaluating where and how to engage further. With collaborations like this, we want to provide our customers with agronomic insights and recommendations from digital solutions that enable better decision-making and more precise farming.”