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Farmobile receives U.S. patent for its farming data and collection system

Farmobile has been granted a U.S. patent for its “Farming Data Collection Exchange System.” The cloud-based system is capable of capturing, processing, and sharing machine-generated data while being used for operations such as fertilizing, planting, spraying, or harvesting crops. It includes a relay device that is installed in machinery that automatically receives, stores, and processes detailed machine and ag data captured by the machine during an operation.

The technology enables real-time collection, tracking, monitoring, sharing, and monetizing of a farm’s critically important data. This includes details like the amount of seed, fertilizer, water, and pesticide used on a field; how often the field was treated with a certain chemical; which parts of the field were untreated; weather conditions during an operation; the equipment used to perform an operation; and the equipment settings activated or deactivated during an operation. 

Farmobile was issued two other patents for its “Distributed Transaction-Based Security and Tracking of Agricultural Machine and Agronomic Data.” The first was granted in 2019 by the USPTO and the second in 2020 by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The patents give Farmobile the exclusive right to use blockchain in both countries to track electronic agricultural data sets through associated exchange transactions.

The latest patent claims priority back to the 2013 patent application filed by the company’s cofounders and inventors Jason G. Tatge, Heath Garret Gerlock, and Randall Thomas Nuss. The patent expires on September 22, 2034.

This patent, Tatge says, is similar to the one held in Canada. “It further strengthens the position of our ag data innovations in the U.S. market and reaffirms our ability to unlock the data farmers need to create more value for their farms and, more broadly, the future of the ag-food ecosystem,” says the CEO of Farmobile. “When we are able to leverage high-integrity data as a system-of-record, we not only empower our customers to make better decisions, we also help them find additional revenue-generating opportunities with those data sets.”

For example, as carbon credits become more of a regulatory focus, Farmobile customers will be able to use the interoperable data sets to recoup costs based on the sustainability of their operations.

“We’ll continue to push the boundaries of how data technology can transform agriculture,” says Chris Schibi, Farmobile chief technology officer. “When we speak with farmers, ag retailers, agronomists, and other ag-food partners, we are consistently seeking ways to help the industry adopt interoperability standards to improve information sharing and operations across third-party aggregation systems. With each new patent, Farmobile helps the industry establish a foundation of high-quality, ground-truth data.”

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