UK– CONSUS, a crop research and development partnership between University College Dublin (UCD) and Origin Enterprise, has added Iteris ClearAg environmental intelligence to its crop modeling platform.

CONSUS is a €17.6 million five-year dedicated digital, precision agriculture and crop science collaborative research partnership between UCD and Origin and is also supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

The programme encompasses a strong multi and interdisciplinary approach, combining the leading expertise of UCD in data science and agricultural science with Origin’s integrated crop management research, systems capabilities and extensive on-farm knowledge exchange networks.

Developed by Iteris – a global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture – ClearAg is a solution designed to provide applied meteorological expertise, state-of-the-science agronomic modeling, adaptive data processing and location-specific descriptive and predictive insights to customers across the globe.

Under the terms of the agreement, ClearAg will provide location-specific environmental intelligence to CONSUS to contribute to the creation of crop models to optimize sustainable crop performance for agronomists and growers in the U.K. and globally.

CONSUS researchers will seek to use ClearAg’s environmental intelligence to contribute to the creation of crop models to optimize sustainable crop performance for agronomists and growers in the U.K. and globally.

“We are excited to work with Iteris to explore the harnessing of ClearAg’s environmental intelligence into the CONSUS research and development platform to provide comprehensive, farm-specific weather data for our agriscience researchers,” said Prof. Gregory O’Hare, lead principal investigator at CONSUS.

“ClearAg’s location-specific current and historical weather data, as well as its climatology and soil conditions information, will enable CONSUS to develop scalable, dynamic and integrated crop models to optimize sustainable crop performance.”

“We are thrilled that CONSUS has selected ClearAg’s environmental intelligence to power its crop modeling platform,” said Pierre-André Rebeyrat, vice president and general manager, Agriculture and Weather Analytics at Iteris.

“Strategic partnerships between academia and industry, like UCD and Origin’s CONSUS program, are vital in the pursuit of global crop sustainability.

“We are proud that ClearAg’s environmental intelligence will support the program’s research and ultimately help further the understanding of the interactions between field environmental conditions and sustainable crop production.”

In August last year, ClearAg also announced a partnership with KWS, one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies, to support research and development, Crop Modelling and Digital Farming.

The partnership saw KWS integrate ClearAg’s environmental intelligence into its digital farming platform, CultiVent, which is used by agronomists and growers across more than 70 countries in Europe and Asia.

While this was one of the platform’s latest partnership, ClearAg has also formed collaborations with RiceTec FluroSat and Dacom Farm Intelligence.