Trimble Broadens Connectivity with IRON Solutions

John DavisAgribusiness, Data, GPS, Trimble

trimblePrecision agriculture technology provider Trimble says it will broaden its connected farm solutions for growers, ag dealers and agronomists with its acquisition of IRON Solutions, Inc. Trimble says the deal will increase the connected farm user community through market-neutral information and analytics.

IRON Solutions provides market information, analytics-based intelligence and a cloud-based enterprise system to improve dealer and producer productivity. Coupled with Trimble’s Connected Farm™ solution, IRON Solutions will enable improved real-time decisions for equipment fleets and more tightly link equipment, seed and chemical dealers to the grower through its ERP/CRM systems. Farmers, their equipment dealers and their agronomy advisors will now have one Connected Farm platform for collaboration on key investment and prescription decisions. IRON Solutions manages over 15 million data points annually from over 1,200 manufacturers and over 2,200 retail sources throughout North America.

“With the acquisition of IRON Solutions, Trimble is empowering our dealers with trusted technologies that employ best-in-class information, next generation enterprise services and market analytics,” said Joe Denniston, vice president of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “The IRON Solutions information together with Connected Farm will provide growers with a critical element in understanding their equipment lifecycle, enabling them to more efficiently manage their fleets.”

“We are excited to be joining Trimble at a time of increased collaboration between farmers, retailers and agronomists,” said Darwin Melnyk, CEO of IRON Solutions. “Our farm equipment, dealer and industry domain knowledge, independence and trust combined with Trimble’s leadership in agricultural technology can enable a farmer and their service provider to better drive efficiencies. In addition, by leveraging Trimble’s global presence we will work to extend the reach of our HQ product lines.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.