Hall & Wilcox advises DAS on breakthrough innovation in AI for the cropping industry


Hall & Wilcox has advised DAS (Digital Agriculture Services) on Graincast, the AI (artificial intelligence) cropping technology developed by the CSIRO. DAS has acquired exclusive commercialisation rights from CSIRO to deliver this technology globally in new fields of use, including the new DAS Cropping Hub™.

Graincast provides in-season crop monitoring and identification, crop-yield forecasts, and productivity monitoring and benchmarking at a paddock, farm, regional, state and national scale. The technology harnesses the power of machine learning and satellite remote sensing, tracked against climate forecasts, time-series data and in-season training data. The multi-functional technology has the potential to benefit each segment of the Australian agribusiness supply chain, including farmers who now access Graincast results within the DAS Rural Intelligence Platform™.

Hall & Wilcox partner Ben Hamilton advised DAS on the matter, which involved assessing and facilitating the staged transfer of various components which comprised the Graincast solution from CSIRO to DAS.

Founded in 2017, CSIRO-backed DAS is putting science into the hands of decision makers, delivering rural, agri and climate-risk intelligence that aims to build the prosperity and sustainability of Australian and global agriculture. The company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) products seek to answer questions existing technology cannot answer, with cutting edge agribusiness data, workflow and collaboration tools. DAS has 25 direct team members, supported by leading scientists in climate, agriculture, land and water.

Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm of around 750 people including more than 90 partners delivering outstanding legal services to corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia. Our Technology & Digital Economy industry group advises clients on the full suite of technology-related transactions and projects. This includes digital transformation projects and agreements for technology services, streaming, cloud, software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service, data rights, e-commerce platforms, mobile apps, telecommunications and software licencing.


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