Comprehensive partnership helps growers to improve profitability and sustainability
Winnipeg, MB and Lanigan, SK — November 3, 2016 — Farmers Edge™, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Blair’s Family of Companies, a regional provider of innovative crop and livestock solutions. The partnership provides Blair’s customers with access to an integrated platform that builds on the company’s agronomy expertise and leverages advanced, field-centric data solutions from Farmers Edge to increase productivity and yields.
Growers throughout the Canadian Prairies faced a wet harvest season this year, which caused an increase in crop disease, flooding, and poor ground conditions that drove up operation costs and risk. Now, by utilizing high-resolution imagery and data from Farmers Edge, growers can gain a highly accurate view of where moisture collects and the impact it’s had in their fields. By combining this zone-specific data with information from field-centric weather stations, which are deployed every 2,500 acres by Farmers Edge, growers can make critical, real-time decisions as they encounter challenging harvest situations, enabling more productive and profitable agriculture across the region as a whole.
“At Blair’s, ensuring lucrative and sustainable agriculture for our growers is a core tenet of our business, and Farmers Edge has become a multinational force in agribusiness by championing the same values,” said Amy Grindheim, Director of AgIntelligence at Blair’s Family of Companies. “By offering this comprehensive precision agriculture platform from Farmers Edge, we are enabling our customers to become more productive, helping them increase yields, better allocate their resources, and ultimately make their operations more sustainable.”
With the largest soil lab and real-time weather-monitoring network in the Canadian Prairies, including nearly 1,300 automated field-centric weather stations, Farmers Edge is already delivering the highest quality data to growers in one of the nation’s most important agricultural regions. Working closely with the Farmers Edge and Blair’s agronomy teams, Blair’s customers will have access to tailored prescription maps that identify production zones within the field and optimize crop inputs. Easily integrated with growers’ existing equipment and programs, the Farmers Edge Precision Solutions™ platform provides a comprehensive turnkey system that includes: Variable Rate Technology, soil sampling and analysis, field-centric weather, in-field telematics and data transfer, high-resolution, high-frequency satellite imagery, field-centric data analytics, access to FarmCommand™ – an integrated farm management system– and a network of highly experienced, trusted advisors.
“At a time when weather conditions like heavy rain and early snowfall assail Western Canada, decision-support data represents a particularly compelling opportunity, since it can help growers preemptively plan for these changing conditions, identify the causes of dropping yields, and maintain the highest possible margins,” said Wade Barnes, President and CEO of Farmers Edge. “In partnering with an innovative company like Blair’s, we’re supporting Canadian growers as they lead in advanced technology adoption, further solidifying the nation’s role as an agricultural powerhouse.”
About Blair’s Family of Companies
Blair’s Family of Companies is an integrated agricultural retail company with a proud tradition of providing leading edge crop nutrition, crop protection, agronomy and livestock solutions for our customers. Started near Drake, Saskatchewan in 1948, Blair’s is a fourth generation family company owned by Kevin Blair and Darren Blair. Our agriculture retail locations are currently located in the communities of Lanigan, Nokomis, Watrous, Liberty, McLean, Lipton, Strongfield and now Rosthern. Blair’s is currently constructing a crop nutrients terminal and logistics facility located near Hanley, Saskatchewan.
About Farmers Edge
Farmers Edge™ is a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions. Leading the development and application of new technologies on the farm since 2005, Farmers Edge is defining the future of agriculture through innovation. For more information about Farmers Edge, please visit: https://www.farmersedge.ca/
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