Benson Hill farmers using CropTrak’s cloud technology solution to seamlessly track agronomic information, improve farmer profitability and deliver validated ESG metrics
Benson Hill, a food-tech company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants with its cutting-edge food innovation engine, today announced a relationship with CropTrak, a cloud technology solutions company digitally connecting global food companies’ entire supply chains to ensure efficiency and transparency. The collaboration allows Benson Hill to accelerate its collection of agronomic data to improve product performance and farm sustainability.
Benson Hill is shaping the future of food by taking an integrated approach to the food value chain. Beginning with the seed, the Company links farmers with consumer-driven food trends and markets. The CropTrak relationship provides the technological infrastructure to accelerate this connection and further positions Benson Hill as a leader, providing the ingredients needed to deliver more healthy and sustainable food and feed products.
“Our collaboration with CropTrak accelerates in-depth agronomic data collection from our farmer partners, increasing our ability to benchmark and provide verifiable sustainability metrics to our customers and other stakeholders,” said Jason Bull, Chief Technology Officer of Benson Hill. “With this technology infrastructure, we will work to strengthen our CropOS® data library, continue to increase profitability for our partner farmers and build valuable ESG metrics for our food company customers, while also enhancing transparency and traceability across the supply chain.”
The CropTrak platform increases the efficiency to geo-locate acres contracted by Benson Hill, collect soil samples and measure protein content, and seamlessly uploads holistic data directly from existing farm management information systems and equipment. The information is delivered to CropOS®, Benson Hill’s technology platform that combines data analytics and artificial intelligence with plant biology and food science to produce crops that are optimized for taste and nutrition while maximizing agronomic performance and assisting in the assessment of sustainability impacts on the farm.
“By digitally enabling and connecting an entire supply chain management process, food companies can more seamlessly weave together the story of their product and certification to defend against dynamic markets and environmental conditions that may affect production. We’re proud to be working together and to see Benson Hill adopt the CropTrak platform in a unique way to deliver on our shared commitment of providing safe, affordable and sustainable food,” said Aaron Hutchinson, President of CropTrak.
Through CropTrak, Benson Hill will have the capability to recommend, measure and assess farmer conservation and regenerative agricultural practices such as reduced tillage, cover crops, crop rotation and irrigation methods to increase soil carbon sequestration. Through an active membership in the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC), Benson Hill is exploring opportunities to ready its farmer partners for voluntary participation in the evolving carbon market.
“Agronomic and soil data collection is critical to measure the impact and outcomes of conservation practices on the farm. Through their collaboration with ESMC, Benson Hill is positioning its farmer partners to benefit from voluntary participation in carbon and ecosystem services markets through ESMC’s national scale market program,” said Debbie Reed, ESMC Executive Director.
About Benson Hill
Benson Hill moves food forward with the CropOS® platform, a cutting-edge food innovation engine that combines data science and machine learning with biology and genetics. Benson Hill empowers innovators to unlock nature’s genetic diversity from plant to plate, with the purpose of creating healthier, great-tasting food and ingredient options that are both widely accessible and sustainable. More information can be found at bensonhill.com or on Twitter at @bensonhillinc.
On May 10, 2021, Benson Hill announced a definitive business combination agreement with Star Peak Corp II (NYSE: STPC). Upon the closing of the business combination, Benson Hill will become publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “BHIL”. Additional information about the transaction can be viewed at: https://bensonhill.com/investors/ or https://stpc.starpeakcorp.com/.
CropTrak is a cloud technology solutions company that helps multinational Food, Beverage, Agriculture, and Protein customers to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of their supply chain management processes and systems. CropTrak’s no-code platform solution removes data silos within and between companies and suppliers to enable users – from buyers to agronomy to finance – to make decisions more seamlessly and translate carbon sequestration into a competitive advantage through highly accurate and auditable data points that can be tied to supply chain performance. More information is available at croptrak.com or on LinkedIn.