Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, Inc. (Yamaha Motor Ventures), the strategic business development and investment arm of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272), today announced it led a $11 million AUD initial funding round for The Yield Technology Solutions Ltd. (The Yield), an award-winning Australian ag tech company transforming farming practices for irrigation-intensive crops with scalable digital technology solutions.
Leveraging the USD $100 million Yamaha Motor Exploratory Fund, The Yield investment represents a strategic focus to support the application of data-driven solutions to the entire food supply chain in Yamaha Motor Ventures’ portfolio of ag tech enterprises.
“Our strategic investment approach to the global agriculture sector, centered on precision solutions and hyperlocal management of crops, led us to The Yield and its impressive ability to deliver actionable agronomic insights to the specialty crop industry,” said Nolan Paul, Partner and Global Ag Tech Lead for Yamaha Motor Ventures. “The Yield collaborates closely with sophisticated growers to drive clear ROI across a range of high-value crops. This investment opportunity is a key synergistic addition to the Yamaha Motor Ventures portfolio.”
The $11 million AUD funding round led by Yamaha Motor Ventures also included participation from the Bosch Group.
The Yield’s Sensing+ platform supplies in-field microclimate data to the company’s proprietary AI modeling application, delivering predictive insights to large commercial growers to help manage critical production decisions around irrigation, feeding, planting, protection, and harvest.
“With so much activity in the ag tech market, we’re delighted to be identified and valued by a specialty crops domain expert like Yamaha Motor Ventures,” said Ros Harvey, founder and managing director of The Yield. “Our technology is poised to make a significant impact on the productivity and profitability of corporate growers, beginning with those here in Australia and New Zealand.”