Food Agility strategic partner The Yield Technology Solutions (The Yield) has announced a major new R&D project with technology giant Yamaha Motor Co and global premium wine company, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE). The project will bring together Yamaha’s robotics platform with The Yield’s world-leading microclimate, software, analytics and AI platform to optimise yield prediction in wine grapes and improve autonomous crop spraying.
Trials will take place later this year in TWE vineyards in Australia and then on the West Coast of the US from early 2022. During the 18-month R&D project, The Yield and Yamaha will negotiate commercial arrangements to bring a joint solution for intensive irrigated crops to international markets in early 2023.
“We are excited to be working with a world-leading analytics business like The Yield,” said CEO and Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, Jim Aota. “We see this symbiotic relationship between analytics and robotics as the future for intensive irrigated crops. It is advantageous for customers and better for the environment.”
Read the full press release on The Yield’s website.
In November 2020, The Yield launched a three-year deal with TWE to roll out their Sensing+ solution across Australia and New Zealand following the success of the Predicting Harvest Timing & Yield in Intensive Cropping project with Food Agility CRC.