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Company Says Data Can Help Farmers Weather Changes

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LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A company that uses massive amounts of data to develop hyper-local weather forecasts for farmers says it can help them prepare for increasingly wild weather swings. The Kansas City Star reports that Climate Corporation was purchased recently by St. Louis-based agricultural giant Monsanto for $1 billion and has an office in Leawood. Its forecasts include things like rain, soil conditions and wind speed using 40 years of national crop-yield statistics and weather readings from 10 million locations. Many farmers are skeptical of the concept of global warming, though some say they will give the relatively new technology a look but won't base planting decisions solely on what the numbers say. Monsanto says it foresees a $20 billion market for data-related agricultural planning, calling it the "next major growth frontier."


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