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April 29, 2020
After a successful 2019 launch, Valley Insights TM is expanding to four U.S. states and progressing toward truly autonomous crop management. U.S. trials of industry-first sensors installed on commercial irrigation machines to collect proximal plant data commence in Spring 2020.
TEL AVIV, Israel, and OMAHA, Neb. (April 29, 2020) – Valley® Irrigation, The Leader in Precision Irrigation®, and Prospera Technologies announced today they are expanding their artificial intelligence-based crop monitoring and detection service, Valley Insights, to commercial growers in select areas of Washington, Texas, Nebraska and Idaho, quadrupling the coverage area in 2020. The companies are also beginning U.S.-based tests of new anomaly detections and continuing trials of the industry’s first sensor-equipped irrigation machines, the next step in their roadmap to turn existing irrigation infrastructure into autonomous connected machines.
“The speed and success of Valley Insights has been incredible. We are excited to make the service available to more growers around the U.S., and to expand tests of new offerings just a year after we entered our partnership with Prospera,” said Darren Siekman, VP of Business Development at Valley Irrigation. “The initial trials of Valley Insights last fall demonstrated that the service delivers actionable insights that help growers reduce inputs and improve yields. We worked closely with growers to incorporate their feedback and develop the next generation of the service for this broader commercial roll-out. This is going to give more growers the opportunity to improve their bottom lines.”
Powered by Prospera’s computer vision and A.I. technology, Valley Insights acquires and analyzes data from imagery to pinpoint areas of fields that may have anomalies. The system can detect irrigation machine issues, over- or under-watered areas and other issues. Valley Insights then alerts growers to the problem areas so they can take crop-saving action.
Eric Williamson of Williamson Farm in Quincy, Washington, estimated he could have saved $25,000 if he had applied the technology to all of his fields, instead of just the test field. “Valley Insights sent me a text message when it found an anomaly, and I could see exactly which area it identified as a problem and take action immediately,” Williamson said. “With other services we’ve used that provide aerial or satellite photos, we’ve had to sift through them ourselves and attempt to identify issues. Valley Insights does that for us, pointing out issues before I could have caught them.”
Trials of additional capabilities, including weed and nutrient detection, will take place in certain areas of Washington, Texas, Nebraska and Idaho this spring.
In addition to expanding commercial availability of their Valley Insights service, Valley and Prospera are conducting field tests of close-proximity data collection in Washington, Idaho, Nebraska and Kansas, using sensors mounted on Valley irrigation machines. Located just a few meters above the plants, the sensors collect very high-resolution images day and night – capturing significantly greater detail than drone, aerial or satellite imagery can provide.
“Data is key to a more productive and sustainable food system, but the cost of collecting high-quality data in agriculture has been prohibitive,” said Prospera CEO Daniel Koppel. “By combining our industry-leading computer vision and A.I. technology with the leading tech-enabled infrastructure of Valley Irrigation, we’re reducing the cost of data acquisition, increasing the speed of deployment of new technologies, and delivering real value to growers.”
“The initial trials of on-pivot sensors will gather high-value data sets in the world’s largest tech lab. Our goal is to acquire knowledge this season, fine-tune the offering for 2021, and roll it out to complement existing aerial and satellite imagery,” explained Koppel. “This advancement will provide the most complete picture of plant health in the industry.”
The on-pivot sensors are a key step in the companies’ combined vision to transform existing large-scale equipment into autonomous connected machines that independently acquire and analyze plant data and take action to address irregularities at the plant level.
Valley Insights can be accessed via Valley 365, a secure, next-level platform for connected crop management. It combines the best features of Valley remote technology solutions into a single sign-on platform and harnesses real-time data from three key areas of the ag ecosystem: equipment, environment and agronomy.
About Valley Irrigation
Valley Irrigation founded the center pivot irrigation industry in 1954, and our brand is the worldwide leader in sales, service, quality and innovation. With historical sales of more than 250,000 center pivots and linears, Valmont-built equipment annually irrigates approximately 25 million acres (10 million hectares) around the world. We remain dedicated to providing innovative, precision irrigation solutions now and into the future. For more information, please visit valleyirrigation.com
Prospera Technologies, Inc. is a developer of machine vision technologies that continuously monitor and analyze plant development, health and stress. Prospera captures multiple layers of climate and visual data from the crop ﬁeld and provides actionable, easy-to-read insights to growers via mobile and web dashboards. Its team of world-class computer scientists, physicists and agronomists work with experienced agri-business leaders to meet growers where they are and revolutionize the way food is grown. For more information, please visit prospera.ag
Omaha, NE, Tel-Aviv, Israel and San Jose, CA: Valmont ® Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a
leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and irrigation
equipment for agriculture and the parent company of Valley ® Irrigation, and Prospera
Technologies Inc., a leading Israeli machine vision and artificial intelligence (AI) company
specializing in ag data, are pleased to announce their global partnership. The collaboration sets
the course to provide growers with autonomous crop management solutions generating greater
returns, while requiring fewer production inputs and resources.
“Valley Irrigation is transforming the center pivot from solely an irrigation machine to an
autonomous crop management tool,” Valmont President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen G.
Kaniewski commented. “Water remains our focus, as it is the number one determinant of crop
yield. Growers who use pivots have a natural advantage to use them as often as needed, given
their constant placement on the field. We can equip the structure to see what a grower may not
be able to detect, arming them with critical information that delivers more crop precision, saving
time, lowering costs and increasing yield.”
This exclusive global partnership is significant because it integrates artificial intelligence
technologies with center pivot irrigation. Valley Irrigation leads the industry with more than
60,000 connected devices globally and carries distribution strength through the industry’s
largest network of more than 500 dealers worldwide. The intelligence shared between these
connected devices and the pivot, along with the integration of data science, machine-learning
and AI, enables the two companies to develop real-time crop diagnoses and irrigation
recommendations, resulting in greater returns for the grower.
Prospera, founded in 2014, is a leading force in ag tech, committed to bringing advanced
machine learning (ML) technology to the agriculture sector. Backed by strategic investors
including Cisco, Qualcomm and Bessemer, Prospera has developed proven analytics,
algorithms and data layering to provide growers with irrigation and crop growthrecommendations. Prospera currently monitors over $5 billion of greenhouse production. The
partnership between the two companies will build on Prospera’s unique technology, expanding
application to large-scale fields.
Autonomous crop management will result in a self-learning machine, using inputs from
the field and the grower to deliver proper water, fertigation and chemigation. Launching in the
spring of 2019, Anomaly Detection is a fundamental building block for growers entering into AI
functionality. Providing visual detection of anomalies or issues, this technology provides
essential features to mitigate risks in the field, assisting the grower with their irrigation and crop
management practices. It will be available from Valley for all brands of pivots through a
Kaniewski said launching specific technology products to the market and product
adoption are two critical steps on the journey toward autonomous crop management. The joint
machine-learning technology is targeted to reach one million acres by 2020. To develop the
technology, the two companies collectively plan to invest more than $40 million over the next
“Like Valley, Prospera is committed to giving growers more data-based, actionable
insights from the machines that span every inch of their fields, while reducing potential risks that
can harm crop production,” said Prospera Chief Executive Officer Daniel Koppel. “We are
excited to partner with Valley Irrigation, the industry leader trusted by growers, and their global
network of dealers, working together to feed an expanding population.”
Agricultural professionals can find out more about the Valmont/Prospera partnership and
resulting technology at World AgriTech in San Francisco, March 19-20, 2019.
About Valley Irrigation
Valley Irrigation founded the center pivot irrigation industry in 1954, and our brand is the
worldwide leader in sales, service, quality and innovation. With historical sales of more than
250,000 center pivots and linears, Valmont-built equipment annually irrigates approximately 25
million acres (10 million hectares) around the world. We remain dedicated to providing
innovative, precision irrigation solutions now and into the future. For more information, please
Prospera Technologies, Inc. is a developer of machine vision technologies that
continuously monitor and analyze plant development, health and stress. Prospera captures
multiple layers of climate and visual data from the crop ﬁeld and provides actionable, easy-to-
read insights to growers via mobile and web dashboards. Its team of world-class computer
scientists, physicists and agronomists work with experienced agri-business leaders to meet
growers where they are and revolutionize the way food is grown. For more information, please
visit www.valley-prospera.comAbout Valmont Industries Inc.
Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that
support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its irrigation equipment
and services for large-scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water
resources. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication,
electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. In addition, Valmont
provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel
and other metal products. For more information, please visit www.valmont.com