About Us

About Us

At 6th Grain, we believe that the direct application of digital technology and science is key to establishing profitable and productive agriculture and food systems. We are a digital agriculture technology company which focuses on transforming farmer-provided data into information that can be used to increase success and uptake in crop protection services, credit provision, and high yielding seeds.

Machine learning, modeling, and sophisticated, composite data are at the heart of our technology platform and sets 6th Grain apart from the competition. We merge information on field management with satellite observations of weather, crop extent, and crop health, resulting in the development of timely, comprehensive and accurate information. This will improve decision making to reduce costs, increase productivity and enhance customer engagement.

By providing services both to the small farmer and large agribusiness, 6th Grain’s digital agriculture solutions delivers high quality, remote sensing and weather-based information to millions of farmers across the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to accelerate agricultural efficiency around the world through digital technology.

Our Vision

To transform agronomic data into growth for all.

6th Grain Leadership

6th Grain has established itself as an innovative player in the field of digital agriculture. The company has created a set of scientific capabilities highly relevant for agricultural companies.

The company has a proven record in delivering software solutions related to complicated scientific concepts. Some of these concepts include: Crop Classification (identification of crops through satellite imagery), Remote Sensing applicability, Fallow Fields Management, Spraying Calendar, Crop chemicals application recommendations, Field Workability, and several others. 6th Grain has a large team of scientists that currently includes 12 PhDs, many of them having previous engagements with NASA.

Vladimir Eskin, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Co-founder and chair of 6th Grain. An economist by trade, Vladimir’s experience encompasses macroeconomics, international trade, transportation, healthcare, energy, construction, tourism, finance, business development analysis and forecasting. Prior to 6th Grain, Vladimir formerly was CEO of Knoema, CEO of International Operations for Prognoz, and an economist for Global Insight (formerly the Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Association – WEFA). Vladimir has a Ph.D in Economics from the Institute of Economic Forecasting.

Molly Brown, PhD
Chief Science Officer

Leading a team of remote sensing scientists based in the United States, China and India, Molly ensures that 6th Grain products use the best possible science, data and models to determine disease alarms, farmer recommendations and yield monitoring in our tools. She worked at NASA Space Flight Center for over fifteen years as a contractor and civil servant in the Biospheric Sciences Branch, supporting science, missions and applications activities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University and a master’s and doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Maryland. She has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters, and two books.

Sergey Lebedinets
Technology Lead

Sergey is the Technical Lead at 6thGrain.Sergey has over 10 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of data collection, software development, mobile applications design, data warehouse construction, statistical analysis, and economic modelling. An expert in data management and data mining, Sergey has extensive experience implementing software development projects for government authorities, international organizations, and enterprise companies. Prior to 6th Grain, Sergey was Acting Managing Director, U.S. Operations for Prognoz. Sergey has a Bachelor’s in Computing Machines, Complexes, Systems and Networks from Perm State Technical University.

6th Grain Board

Joe Kasputys, PhD
Principal Investor and Senior Advisor

In 2001, Dr. Kasputys founded Global Insight, Inc. to join together the world’s premier economic information and forecasting firms, consisting of Data Resources (DRI) and WEFA (formerly Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates). He was Chairman, President and CEO until the sale of Global Insight to IHS, Inc. in 2008, and continued as Chairman until 2011. Kasputys was Chairman, President, and CEO of Primark Corporation from 1987 to 2000, an NYSE-listed company that was a leading global provider of financial and economic information. He has PhD from Harvard University.

Vladimir Eskin, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Co-founder and chair of 6th Grain. An economist by trade, Vladimir’s experience encompasses macroeconomics, international trade, transportation, healthcare, energy, construction, tourism, finance, business development analysis and forecasting. Prior to 6th Grain, Vladimir formerly was CEO of Knoema, CEO of International Operations for Prognoz, and an economist for Global Insight (formerly the Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Association – WEFA). Vladimir has a Ph.D in Economics from the Institute of Economic Forecasting.

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