The CrescoAg Corporation and Raytheon Company said last week that they have joined forces on the development of next-generation technologies and analytics to increase productivity and streamline operations for agricultural producers.
CrescoAg’s agricultural knowledge, farming expertise and relationships with crop farmers–paired with Raytheon’s abilities in engineering, climatic science, sensor technology and systems integration–will be a huge help to agronomic advisors supporting growers with maximized crop sustainability, efficiency, productivity, and profitability.
Bill Jones, vice president for Systems Modernization and Sustainment at Raytheon Intelligence’s division of Information and Services, said that Raytheon has made major investments in research development, analytics, climate science and for big data.
“We’re providing a service for customers in the defense and intelligence communities that have applications in farming and the agriculture community,” said Jones. “For example, 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.”
President of CrescoAg Barry Knight said that the company is already making strides in collaborating with Raytheon on new concepts to be tested in the 2014 growing season, and the improvements to be made in how producers and agronomic advisors examine their operations.
“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 that the industry has seen,” said Knight. “This collaboration will provide them and their trusted advisors with new ways to combine farmers’ crop production activities with innovative climatic, remote sensing and analytical technologies.”
The CrescoAg-Raytheon collaboration are aiming to further expand their analytical footprint into both domestic and international regions of agricultural importance.