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Crop Systems Specialist

 

Overview

A crops systems specialist works to improve how a business or company manages and utilizes data of the seed or crop production process.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Coordinate various data collection initiatives including in-field data and plant performance-based metrics
  • Present various data types to aid in strategic decision-making
  • Work with various teams (agronomy, seed production, IT, etc.) in assessing and implementing future system solutions
  • Simplify various data streams for use in visualization and decision-making
  • Support and make modifications and improvements in systems currently utilized by the team
  • Ensure enhancements and fixes to data systems are coordinated, consistent and not disruptive to the systems used by other parts of the business
  • Formulate, implement and enforce proper data collection policies and procedures
  • Help develop standard practices for data entry and management to be used across sites
  • Support sites in development and continuous improvement of consistent, documented processes that support the business as needs evolve
  • Train and educate the business and sites on data collection tools and equipment

 

What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, agribusiness or a closely related field is required.

 

To pursue a career as a Crops Systems Specialist:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, plant science, business and computer courses, and mathematics.

 

Where can I work?

Crops systems specialists work for seed and crop production businesses and companies.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for a crops systems specialist will be good over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Crop Science Society of America