Everything that we do has farmers at the heart of it. We are a company created and owned by farmers and Limagrain Field Seeds exists to supply farmers with the best genetics so they can be as successful and sustainably profitable as possible growing the crops the markets request.
The story of Limagrain is truly inspiring, how a group of relatively small farmers in Limagne Val d’Allier (centre of France) cooperated to create the world’s 4th largest seed company. The farmer shareholders of Limagrain have a daily proximity to all levels of our business and are genuine leaders with a long-term vision.
Limagrain Field Seeds is unique among global seed companies to have this model of farmer ownership and leadership and it is something, for which we are incredibly proud and that we want to highlight as a key factor of differentiation.
No farmer grows only one crop and no global seed business can be successful with a single crop. Limagrain Field Seeds focus is for a portfolio of multi-crops, which correspond to the needs of farmers in all continents.
We have 4 strategic crops: Corn, Wheat, Sunflower, and Oilseed Rape. Corn and Wheat are both global crops and we consider them to be part of our identity, because they serve as the base for the activities of our Cooperative farmer members. In addition, we have a portfolio of tactical crops adapted to each region: Barley, Soybean, Millet, Rice, and Pulses.
The ambition of Limagrain Field Seeds is to provide farmers with the best genetics wherever they are, whether they be large or small. Today, through Perseverance, Limagrain Field Seeds has a global presence, composed of 6 Business Units covering 6 continents with subsidiaries in over 40 countries and sales in 80 countries.
Cooperation is in our DNA. By working in partnerships based on respect and common values, Limagrain Field Seeds has been able to achieve our global ambitions through the creation multiple partnerships across all continents, via our 13 joint ventures in Europe, the USA and Canada, Africa, China and Australia. These partnerships cover both business and research activities.
In 2020, Limagrain created 2 new joint ventures in the continent of Africa with our strategic partner Seed Co.
Saint Beauzire, France.
Monday 14th of June 2021
Limagrain Field Seeds and Alteia have announced a 3-year partnership to accelerate the global deployment of Artificial Intelligence-based digital phenotyping for plant breeding and research programs.
The Alteia Platform will support Limagrain’s worldwide breeding research projects, allowing it to speed up data collection and enable higher quality phenotyping. Limagrain will deploy these streamlined and automated analysis workflows, from season planning to trait analysis, on top of the Alteia platform.
Alteia, is a leading Artificial Intelligence software provider that enables asset intensive businesses to leverage visual data as a strategic competitive asset. The collaboration to scale up Limagrain research and development projects for field research and breeding empowers Limagrain’s breeding stations to use the Alteia platform worldwide. This will help to streamline and standardize the information extracted from sensor-based field studies and run different types of analysis using both image analysis and artificial intelligence.
Each year, Limagrain Field Seeds conducts thousands of research trials in breeding stations across 6 continents, producing tens of millions of data points to measure the performance of their varieties under different field and environmental conditions. “As a technology driven company, we want to combine all the available technologies and innovations to better characterize and evaluate the varieties that will be grown by the farmers. This collaboration with Alteia will speed up our ability to deliver stable and high yielding LG varieties, well adapted for farmers around the world”. said Fabienne Henriot, Manager of the Abiotic Trait & Digital Phenotyping Platform at Limagrain Field Seeds.
Limagrain currently uses a sensor-based phenotyping workflow, using a rich variety of sensors (among others RGB and multispectral sensors) and carriers (drones, robots…). The Alteia Platform has enabled Limagrain to scale that specific workflow worldwide by accelerating the data standardization process, the automation of quality control, and the quick development of real time data-driven crop insights. Beyond that, Limagrain’s researchers can easily deploy new models and applications on top of the Alteia Platform employing state-of-the-art methods and technologies (computer vision, machine learning…) and keep improving crop characterization.
“While capturing agricultural data has become easier than ever with the increasing availability and accessibility of sensors, the biggest challenge for clients is now to set up efficient workflows to leverage it. The Alteia platform offers a various set of tools for data unification, A.I enablement coupled to easy integration into a company’s IT ecosystem - leads to very short deployment and adoption times” said Lenaic Grignard, head of Agriculture and Forestry at Alteia. “We are excited to start this collaboration and become Limagrain’s technology partner to accelerate their digital transformation, leveraging technology and artificial intelligence for a more efficient and sustainable agriculture.”
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