The 12 Days of CropTrak – 2022 Edition
Day 1 – SISC Calculator 2.0 Powered by CropTrak!
2022 saw the release of the first SISC Metrics Calculator powered by CropTrak, continuing the evolution of the partnership with the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC). This version of the calculator also supports both Walmart’s Gigaton Energy/GHG reporting, and several of the Sustainability Consortium’s THESIS KPIs that are aligned with SISC.
Free to growers, this calculator makes it easy for aggregators to visualize the results of their grower network across any of the eight metrics supported by SISC including:
- Applied Water
- Food Loss
- Habitat & Biodiversity
- Simple Irrigation Efficiency
- Soil & Organic Matter
For more information about SISC and CropTrak’s role in helping specialty crop growers and aggregators follow the data, go here.
Day 2 – Food Safety – Data Turns Supply Chain Chaos into Opportunity
At CropTrak we believe solutions are in the data. Over the last decade, we have worked with food and agriculture companies to eliminate information silos and unlock new value across supply chains that include over 70 crops in 70 countries. Real-time, collaborative, transparent data is the key to solving the systemic supply chain issues plaguing our safe and sustainable production of food.
CropTrak customers have used our product to help them do just that and uncover opportunities in their supply chain and remove risk.
Day 3 – Legacy System Modernization
Did you know that CropTrak successfully helped customers migrate away from old mainframe systems (AS400, etc.), manual data auditing, and take advantage of CropTrak’s flexible architecture to adapt & extend their CropTrak implementation enabling them to retire their old technology and be entirely in the cloud?
Customers also are implementing more efficient work processes to ready themselves for their future. CropTrak modules integrate with the rest of their environment, like SAP, by being a single centralized data hub.
Day 4 – USDA Climate Smart Grants
CropTrak is thankful for the opportunity to participate with organizations like:
- International Fresh Produce Associations (IFPA)
- University of Florida
- Measure to Improve
- Bland Farms
in several Smart Climate projects selected by the USDA
CropTrak is the technology engine behind the solutions teams looking to “‘test-drive’ technologies that are climate-smart to assist in the fresh fruit, vegetable, and floral industry to help in alleviating the climate crisis as well as gather important and meaningful data that will enable the industry to participate in the Green Economy.
Day 5 – Next Generation Seed & Chemical Companies
As our customers look to new and innovative ways to increase profitability and decrease costs CropTrak has joined in the effort through adaptive workflows influenced by our customers in the bio-technology space. These customers are leading the industry in finding ways to reduce inputs and add to the ag industry’s sustainability initiatives, all while helping growers manage costs and increase yield.
Look for future announcements about the great work that our customers are doing to address these challenges.
Day 6 – Active Industry Participation
We realize that active participation and collaboration with other companies is critical to helping the industry become more efficient and continue to feed the world. One company cannot do it themselves and we constantly open the door to working with others to support our customers.
Our contributions to the agricultural industry include active participation with organizations like the Potato Sustainability Alliance (PSA), Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC), Western Growers Alliance, and the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA). CropTrak has members sitting on boards on some of these organizations as well as lending our technical expertise to help further the efforts of each of these groups.
Day 7 – New Challenges Means New Opportunities!
We love having the opportunity to have customers who are always pushing the capabilities of CropTrak, challenging our team to bring new features to the platform. Whether it is one of our great wine grape customers wanting to extend into invoicing their customers or one of our biological customers wanting a way to automate how they develop a sampling protocol – CropTrak’s team of technology experts enabled the capability as a core component of the platform.
We would love to see what challenges you have in your world, since they may be the next addition to the CropTrak platform.
Day 8 – Integration
CropTrak has evolved to connect multinational food companies of all sizes to facilitate collaboration and make their supply chains more transparent. CropTrak now helps collect, manage and report data in eight languages, 70 countries and for more than 70 different types of crops, enabling large companies and their growers to look at multi-year outcomes to improve production.
One of the ways that we are able to help our customers is through integration with technologies like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Leaf Agriculture which better enable CropTrak to efficiently centralize supply chain data.
Through this integration CropTrak has been able to simplify the process of merging farm machine data into ag data that helps stakeholders identify and address systemic supply chain problems.
Day 9 – Importing Data Accurately
Microsoft Excel is not going away anytime soon. The challenge is that Microsoft Excel and CSV file formats are some of the only true universal formats that almost every tool writes and reads, including most modern tools and the oldest of the legacy tools. However, being able to import these formats does not mean the data is acceptable for use and making it easy for users to import them is even harder.
So CropTrak made this easier by allowing customers who collect data to also import data thru several methods, including importing data directly into multiple forms at once or into repeating sets in a form. To prevent bad data in your decision-making processes, the importers treat the external data as if it was being entered into the form manually, verify by the data against form rules.
Add a form or change a form, no worries. The import tool automatically builds validation in real-time, so it always reflects the current state of the form, worklist, and binder. Every rule, validator, and calculator will execute for every form entry and direct the user to the problem items that needs attention. All without requiring a dedicated admin tool.
Never has legacy and 3rd party data been so easy to add to CropTrak, while being assured its usable for decision making, since every form rule has been applied to assure it is fit for purpose.