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June 27, 2017

Spensa announces new software features and milestone of protecting nearly $6.5 billion worth of crops

Spensa Technologies, a precision agriculture technology company located in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, announced today that it now protects nearly 5 million acres of crops allowing retailers and trusted advisors to better serve growers. 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - On the heels of two major partnership announcements with Simplot and Spectrum Seed, Spensa announced today that the company is now protecting 4.8 million acres across 116 different types of crops valued at nearly $6.5 billion.

“We are working hard to assist customers in leveraging the wealth of data they are already collecting to improve management and save yield,” said Ben Brame, vice president of software at Spensa Technologies. “By prioritizing fields based on Spensa's crop progress and problem likelihood models, service providers can find more problems in time to effectively treat. For example, many customers are able to discover more corn foliar disease by R1 leading to more fungicide sales and significant savings to the grower.”

Spensa’s mid-season data report demonstrates a nearly 400 percent growth rate in number of acres protected over the last six months and a 300 percent increase in value of crops protected over the same time period. Ag retailers and trusted advisors are adopting OpenScout features of the Spensa Agronomic Platform (Spensa AP) to inform their growers about agronomic and pest issues including insects, weeds and disease. It also can help them make informed and timely decisions, ultimately protecting crops from damage and improving yield potential.

New features to Spensa AP Platform at the scouting insights level include the Precision Dispatch feature that allows retailers to dispatch scouts to the highest priority issues. For example, specific problems related to the growth stage of a crop. Spensa also introduced Problem Centric Reports, which allow users to visualize insect, weed and disease problems at a high level and communicate trends and severity of issues to help growers make timely treatment decisions. 

Several user requested updates to the platform include the ability to favorite pests, create condensed reports, add a field from the mobile app, iPad support, ability to overlay past scouting trips to a current trip, and a new detasseling/pollination data export.

About Spensa Technologies Inc.:

Spensa Technologies was founded in 2009 in the Purdue Research Park. Spensa’s mission is to help growers develop a network of industry-leading devices and innovative technologies to manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds, and disease. We strive to reduce reliance on manual labor, foster eco-friendly farming and enhance crop production to help feed the world. Spensa gathers high-resolution data, models that data to reveal insights, and clearly presents our findings to help agriculturalists make the most informed decisions possible. For more information, visit:

Media contacts: Cynthia Sequin, Purdue Research Park, 765-588-3340,

Teresa Weirich, Spensa Technologies, 317-730-6105,

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