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Corteva Agriscience and Manna Announce Agreement on Seed Production Irrigation Management

18 November 2021, Switzerland: Corteva Agriscience, one of the world’s largest agriculture companies, and Manna Irrigation, a leading provider of irrigation intelligence software solutions, have announced a new contract to enhance effective irrigation practices.

Corteva Agriscience implemented the Manna Irrigation Intelligence solution in more than 4,000 hectares in Austria across multiple locations. With the Manna solution, hundreds of corn seed growers improved their crop management practices, boosting seed production metrics and promoting sustainability.

Manna’s software-only solution leads the trend in crop management decision-making driven by virtual sensors. It provides growers with actionable insights on how much and when to irrigate, based on a combination of remote sensing data, pinpointed weather information, and crop-specific models.

Manna’s mobile-friendly app removes the need for sensor installations and maintenance and provides real-time notifications about crop development issues, as detected by analysis of high-resolution and high-frequency satellite images.

The deal reflects the growing momentum in the sector towards more sustainable and streamlined irrigation practices, thanks to combined agronomic and technological expertise.

“We are proud to be chosen by industry leader, Corteva Agriscience, to help achieve more sustainable production,” said Hovav Lapidot, CEO of Manna Irrigation. “It is becoming even more challenging to irrigate effectively due to climate change and global natural resource scarcity. We see great demand for the Manna solution by food and agriculture corporates that operate large production areas, where in-field physical solutions are expensive to deploy and maintain.”

Francisco Lynch, Seed Production & Supply Chain Director, Europe, at Corteva Agriscience, said: “We believe in the power of collaboration and this agreement will help advance sustainable agriculture and water stewardship in line with our 2030 Sustainability Goals. Working with Manna will enable for the production of high-quality seeds to provide our growers with the tools to ensure water use efficiency. Our growers in Austria successfully used the Manna solution for one season and it has been rolled out in part in other European countries. We are very satisfied with the results and user adoption of this technology and looking forward to working with Manna to provide farmers with the tools they need to keep growing.”