Raytheon and CrescoAg Join Forces to Develop Next Generation of Precision Ag Tools
CrescoAg Corporation and Raytheon Company will work together to develop a new generation of agricultural technologies and analytics to help agricultural producers increase productivity and manage their operations more efficiently.
The CrescoAg-Raytheon collaboration will pair Raytheon’s capabilities in engineering, climatic science, analytics, sensor technology and systems integration with CrescoAg’s agricultural domain knowledge, farming expertise and relationships with ag retailers and advisors. Utilizing mobile and advanced cloud computing, the CrescoAg-Raytheon collaboration will deliver information products and technologies to help agronomic advisors support growers in their efforts to increase efficiency, productivity, profitability and crop sustainability.
“Raytheon has made major R&D investments in analytics, climate science and Big Data computing for our customers in the defense and intelligence communities that also have applications in farming and the agriculture community,” said Bill Jones, vice president for systems modernization and sustainment at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.
“For example,” he added, “historical trends combined with real-time local weather will be available on smart devices, allowing farmers to make cropping, planting and harvesting decisions and, at the same time, inform decisions on which investments to make in other equipment such as irrigation and drainage technologies.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Raytheon scientists and engineers to develop what we believe will be the most advanced precision agriculture and analytical tools the industry has seen,” said Barry Knight, president of CrescoAg. “U.S. farmers are already adopting precision ag technologies at a record pace. This collaboration will provide them and their advisors new ways to combine farmers’ crop production activities with innovative climatic, remote sensing and analytical technologies.”
Knight notes that CrescoAg is already collaborating with Raytheon on product concepts that will be tested during the 2014 growing season, with a goal of offering step-change improvements in how producers and their agronomic advisors examine the contribution of seed, tillage practices and other agricultural inputs to their operations.
Source – CrescoAg