May 4, 2021
In a new collaboration, 6th Grain and UPL has announced the launch of Crop S.A.F.E. (Smoke and Fire Events Platform). This new online application is designed to help growers, distributors, and other players in the agricultural value chain to identify and manage smoke hazard risk caused by wildfires.
California and other states in the Western United States experience wildfires that cause significant destruction of grape and other food crops. Exacerbated by extreme drought conditions, these western states are vulnerable to smoke and fire damage for the 2021 growing season.
Crop S.A.F.E helps users to remotely track fire and smoke hazards, along with air quality, ozone, wind direction, high temperature, and other risks associated with wildfires. Available at www.UPLcropsafe.com, the platform utilizes 6thGrain’s advanced modeling and intelligence, combined with Earth Observation data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Crop S.A.F.E provides the live information and analysis users need to protect crops vulnerable to wildfire and smoke damage.
“Through our OpenAg purpose, UPL is committed to collaborating with innovative partners to overcome some of the most pressing challenges in agriculture to help secure a sustainable food supply for all," says Stefano Matozzo, Business Excellence Lead, UPL. "Our partnership with 6th Grain will provide immediate and direct support to growers and their crop advisors via an interactive platform to help manage risk and enable more informed crop management decisions to help overcome the effects of the wildfires."
"Our partnership with UPL with delivering this platform is an important part of 6th Grain's global commitment to provide digital solutions to drive evidence-based decisions and improve productivity through out the agriculture value chain," says Molly Brown, Chief Science Officer, 6thGrain. "Crop S.A.F.E. is an important fact-based digital tool for stronger fact-based crop management decisions and greater sustainability in the food channel."
6th Grain Technology
Marrying an easy-to-use user interface with timely and comprehensive information, 6th Grain’s technology provides the intelligence growers need to make critical crop management and increase productivity. 6th Grain’s extensive remote sensing, crop health, and AI expertise makes it the perfect technology provider for Crop S.A.F.E and UPL.
“The direct application of breakthrough digital technology and science is key to establishing profitable and productive agriculture and food systems,” adds Matozzo. “We look forward to strengthening crop production across the country through data, modeling and evidence-based decisions.”