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Microsoft premieres Azure Data Manager for Agriculture updates at AGRITECHNICA 2023

by MSCN Reporter
Staff Writer,
November 10 2023

Microsoft and Bayer jointly announced new Azure Data Manager for Agriculture capabilities at the AGRITECHNICA 2023 conference, a major agricultural technology trade fair. Data Manager for Agriculture first launched in March, 2023, comprising industry specific data connectors to unify farm data from different sources.

In the latest round of announcements, Microsoft is adding integrations with Microsoft Fabric, such as Microsoft Fabric Data Factory. With Bayer, Microsoft is expanding access to Bayer’s Climate FieldView as a default data source.

“But it doesn’t stop at data. We believe access to insights and data should be more interactive, intuitive, and entirely human-centric. Imagine, as a farmer, being able to simply ask the question: ‘Which fields had rain last night?’ or ‘How many acres have been harvested?’ and receiving a precise and accurate answer, immediately. With new large language model APIs in Azure Data Manager for Agriculture, generative AI in agriculture is now a reality. The large language model APIs enable the seamless retrieval of data mapped to farm operations, sensors, weather, and imagery so that farming-related context and insights can be queried in a conversational context,” stated  Satish Thomas Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Industry Clouds.

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