SANTA CLARA – An agricultural robotics company whose technologies could revolutionize agriculture and food production has purchased a large office building in Santa Clara that it had previously sublet.
Blue River Technology, a unit of manufacturing and farm equipment giant Deere & Co., has an office building on Scott Blvd. 3303 bought. in Santa Clara show documents filed Oct. 28 with the Santa Clara County Recorder Office.
The robotics company paid $85 million for the Santa Clara office building, according to county documents.
Toeniskoetter Development sold the building to Blue River through a subsidiary, public documents show. The Töniskoetter office developed the building in 2015.
Blue River Technology bought the building in an all-cash deal. Blue River is currently located in a Sunnyvale building totaling 55,000 square feet. It wasn’t immediately clear if the sublease transaction or land purchase would result in Blue River leaving its Sunnyvale office.
In 2011, Stanford students Jorge Heraud and Lee Redden founded Blue River Technology.
In 2017, Deere & Co. bought Blue River in a $305 million acquisition. The deal has enabled Deere & Co. to use Blue River’s robotics and artificial intelligence in a growing range of equipment that Deere supplies.
Blue River’s technologies allow farmers to use Deere’s state-of-the-art equipment to spray and kill specific weeds.
This high-tech approach was developed to replace traditional techniques of mass weed spraying in fields.
In March 2022, Deere & Co. introduced a product called “See & Spray,” which implanted Blue River’s artificial intelligence and robotics into Deere agricultural sprayers.
“See & Spray Ultimate can reduce the use of non-residue herbicides by more than two-thirds by spraying weeds only in corn, soybeans and cotton,” Deere said in a prepared news release in March.
Computer controlled cameras and processors based on Blue River technologies are mounted on Deere & Co.’s herbicide vehicle to work out what needs to be sprayed and killed.
“The combined power of computer vision and machine learning” can be used to distinguish weeds from crops, according to Deere & Co.
Blue River has collected a large number of images to strengthen its artificial intelligence and robotics technologies.
“After more than 500 years of collecting millions of images of plants and weeds from hundreds of thousands of acres, See & Spray is able to recognize a wide variety of crops and weeds to control weeds,” Blue River explains in a post his website .