Granular, a cloud business software and analytics platform for farmers, has changed its name from Solum and raised $4.2 million in financing from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The Granular platform, which was in stealth development in 2013, is now beta testing on several farms in the Midwest. The company has also announced that it has sold its soil science business to Monsanto Company; it will be operated by Monsanto's subsidiary The Climate Corporation.
Granular supports all the core processes that drive customers' revenue, profit and quality, delivering functionality around four core areas: planning, production, marketing and accounting. The proceeds from the acquisition, along with the $4.2 million financing, will be used to expand Granular’s engineering team in San Francisco and sales and customer support teams across the U.S.