Seneca Foods is one of the country’s largest processors of canned fruits and vegetables. Increasing food safety concerns, set off by recent food recalls, plus increasing domestic and foreign regulations and private customer audits, has driven the need for better information analysis. Seneca’s Agricultural department needed help with integrating and upgrading their crop monitoring documentation systems to track pesticide applications and automate and standardize traceability.
Seneca turned to Clarkston and FoodLogiQ to provide a solution to deliver timely tracking information to customers and regulatory agencies. Data was transferred from legacy information systems and paper-based records to a common, scalable, and web-based software application provided by FoodLogiQ. The software works in an integrated fashion with SAP and utilizes Google mapping technology to track planting from seed to harvest and chemical applications from “field to can”.
By transferring data from legacy information systems and paper-based records, Seneca was able to immediately analyze quality assurance metrics across their grower base. They gained better visibility into chemical applications, concentration doses, and chemical compatibility, increasing accuracy of pesticide application sprays and reducing pesticide application errors. By tracking plantings from seed to harvest, the goal is to analyze yield and plant growth by area. Importantly, the solution has allowed for harmonized agricultural business operations across their 2500 contract grower base and has enabled consistent reporting and data mining. Analysis functions that took weeks are now available in minutes.
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