Regrow Ag and xarvio® Digital Farming Solutions collaborate to advance climate-smart farming practices
Integration of the collaborators’ technology platforms will enable farmers to reduce CO2 emissions and increase carbon sequestration
San Francisco, United States of America/Cologne, Germany, March 14, 2023 – Regrow Ag, the leading agricultural software provider, and xarvio Digital Farming Solutions - a brand by BASF Digital Farming - today announced a collaboration to advance the decarbonization of agriculture by connecting scientific based verification software and smart farming platforms that support climate smart farming practices. Together, Regrow and xarvio will enable farmers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon sequestration to help combat climate change. The collaboration will begin with pilot carbon farming projects in South America and Europe with the possibility to expand areas in the future.
Through the collaboration, Regrow’s proprietary Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) software will be integrated into the xarvio FIELD MANAGER crop optimization platform. This advanced digital farming platform uses proven plant models and agronomic algorithms to provide clear agronomic recommendations for optimized crop management down to subfield levels. It achieves this by combining and continuously analyzing multiple data inputs, including historical agronomic information, soil sample data and conditions, in-season risks, weather data and satellite-based biomass images. As a result of the integration, farmers using xarvio FIELD MANAGER in the future will be able to use Regrow’s technology to quantify the environmental impact of on-field agricultural interventions to meet the requirements of the world's major carbon certification bodies including The Gold Standard.
“We are excited to collaborate with xarvio Digital Farming Solutions to accelerate the adoption of regenerative farming practices through its network of customers,” said Dr. Anastasia Volkova, CEO and Co-Founder of Regrow. “Regrow’s solutions are designed to be globally scalable, affordable and farmer-friendly, and by collaborating with xarvio Digital Farming Solutions we will further extend our work to create a more resilient, sustainable food supply chain and help the industry get closer to net zero.”
Carbon-efficient agricultural practices can significantly contribute to creating a more sustainable global food system. The food and agriculture sector currently contributes about a quarter of global GHG emissions. By switching to climate-friendly regenerative agriculture practices, farmers can play an important role in limiting global warming while helping the companies they supply work towards achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions. To do this, they need technology that is grounded in science with the highest standards to measure and verify the impact of climate action.
Regrow’s MRV software is built on two commercially exclusive technologies. Its remote sensing model, Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), uses satellite-based data to monitor and verify the adoption of sustainable farming practices, which impact environmental sustainability. Data insights from OpTIS drive Regrow’s soil carbon model, Denitrification Decomposition (DNDC), which estimates nutrient cycling in the soil, including how much carbon is stored as a result of soil management practices.
Developed at the University of New Hampshire 30 years ago, the DNDC soil carbon model is supported by a global academic network. The model is consistently calibrated and validated locally, by using data particular to locations and the corroborating results of academic studies and research. This allows the model to remain global, flexible, and location specific. DNDC is aligned with Global Carbon Certification protocols for third-party verification.
BASF Agricultural Solutions division, which includes xarvio Digital Farming Solutions, works with millions of farmers around the world to provide them with solutions and support to help them successfully adopt and implement regenerative agriculture practices. Following the launch of its Global Carbon Farming Program to enable farmers to reduce their CO2 emissions and sequester carbon into the soil, BASF also announced its collaboration with Boortmalt. BASF through BASF Digital Farming and xarvio FIELD MANAGER is further expanding its capabilities in this space by leveraging Regrow’s technology to boost regenerative agriculture.
“We chose to collaborate with Regrow because we wanted to work with a science-based, proven technology that can scale globally to maximize the impact,” said Konstantin Kretschun, Global Head of xarvio Digital Farming Solutions. “This collaboration is an important step towards meeting our goal at BASF to help farmers achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions per ton of crop produced by 2030, and to certify these reductions along the value-chain.”