Market Overview

App with Instant Photo Recognition and A.I. Power Speeds Identification of Weeds and Disease


Launched in US at Farm Progress Show

Today xarvio™ released its xarvio™ SCOUTING app for the U.S. market at
Farm Progress, the nation's largest outdoor farm event. Using instant
photo recognition, artificial intelligence (A.I.) and data sharing
technology, the scouting app enables growers and agronomists to
instantly and accurately identify weed and disease threats in their

"With the xarvio™ SCOUTING app, anyone with a smartphone can identify
weed and disease threats on a variety of crops, such as corn and
soybean," said David Gray, Commercial & Business Development Manager for
xarvio™. "Regional diseases that may affect fields are difficult to
know. The app's unique crowd-sourcing means that more acres can be
scouted and potential threats, such as Northern Corn Leaf Blight and
Gray Leaf spot, can be identified before reaching your area."

Crop scouting is time-consuming and requires detailed knowledge. Unlike
other apps in the agriculture marketplace that require users to scroll
through a catalogue of images, the xarvio™ SCOUTING app uses instant
photo recognition to quickly and accurately identify weed and disease
threats from an ever-growing database of images from local and global
growers. The app is powered by advanced A.I. algorithms that continually
improve precision and functionality through machine learning and data

The xarvio™ SCOUTING app was launched in Europe in November 2017 and is
now operational in 90 countries with more than 58,000 users. The app has
amassed a database of 150,000 weed and disease images and is on track to
add an additional 100,000 U.S. specific images this year. Farmers and
leading research partners across the globe contribute to this
ever-growing image database — including more than 10 leading research
universities across the U.S. including: University of Nebraska, Virginia
Tech University, Kansas State University, Texas A&M University,
University of Tennessee, Illinois University, Oklahoma State University,
North Dakota State University, Southern Illinois University and
Washington State University.

"This ag tech of the future will improve the speed and accuracy of
threat identification, saving growers time, effort and money," said
Gray. "The scouting app helps growers and agronomists to be more
efficient in maintaining crop health and reallocate the time
traditionally spend on scouting to other farm priorities."

To bring instant weed and disease identification to your crops today,
download the app for free from the App
and Google

For more information about xarvio™ Digital Farming Solutions and the
scouting app, please visit

About xarvio Digital Farming Solutions

Plan Smarter. Grow Better. Feel more confident, reduce your risks and
get more security in your planning and decisions. xarvio™ Digital
Farming Solutions is paving the way for a new agriculture revolution
that makes farming quicker more precise, efficient, and sustainable.
xarvio™ is a trademark of BASF.

About BASF's Agricultural Solutions division

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent
on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and
healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals,
pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this
possible. That's why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad
portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop
protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital
farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production,
we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real
world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2017,
our division generated sales of €5.7 billion. For more information,
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About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the
North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has
nearly 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion
in 2016. For more information about BASF's North American operations,

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