US: CropX has completed the first close of its $9 million Series A financing. Led by Finistere Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, and GreenSoil Investments, each investor in the Series A round will be devoted to agriculture technology innovations. CropX uses advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data to transform traditional farming techniques. The investment will be used to aggressively expand the CropX team and scale the company to meet the increasing need among farmers for low-cost and simplified, remote control of their irrigation, stated a spokesperson from the company. It is believed that the CropX system automatically analyses the exact water needs of different parts of each field based on topography, soil structure, and current moisture. Farmers simply download the mobile app and place three wireless sensors in the ground. These sensors continuously send soil readings to the cloud, where the patent-pending CropX software determines how to effectively irrigate different parts of the field based on pattern-recognition analysis and revolutionary algorithms.