This 640Drive from 640 Labs can be plugged into a tractorrsquos diagnostics port in order to decode information on the CANbus

This 640Drive from 640 Labs can be plugged into a tractor’s diagnostics port in order to decode information on the CANbus.

Climate Corporation acquires tech startup

The Climate Corporation, a division of Monsanto, has announced it is acquiring tech startup company 640 Labs.

The Climate Corporation announced in December that it has acquired 640 Labs, a startup company based in Chicago, Ill., that has worked to automate the collection of farm machinery data.

“At The Climate Corporation, we strongly believe that leveraging on-farm data can help farmers maximize yields and optimize natural resource use,” said David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation, in a release. “Turning that data into valuable tools for farmers requires a combination of top software engineers, statisticians and specialized disciplines, from agronomists to climatologists.  The 640 Labs team brings a combination of engineering and agricultural expertise that will complement and enhance the capabilities of our existing team.”

640 Labs was founded by engineers Corbett Kull and Craig Rupp; the team works to use analytics, mobile technologies and the cloud to help farmers manage their data. The company’s 640Drive is a mechanism that’s plugged into the diagnostics port of a tractor, combine or applicator (regardless of brand), and it automatically feeds the user information on the machine.

The Climate Corporation says they will announce new products and services as a result of the acquisition sometime this year. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

For more information, visit climate.com or 640labs.com.

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