Crops Systems Specialist

Crops Systems Specialist

A crops systems specialist works to improve how a business or company manages and utilizes data from the seed or crop production process. They must coordinate various data collection initiatives including in-field data and plant performance-based metrics and then present various data types to aid in strategic decision making. Crops systems specialists must also be able to work with various teams like agronomy, seed production and information technology in assessing and implementing future system solutions.
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
  • Collaborate with various teams 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
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, plant science, mathematics, business and computer skills.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, agribusiness or a closely related field is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Crops systems specialists work for seed and crop production businesses and companies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Crop Science Society of America
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$45,000
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