Latest Patents Cover Technology That Helps Producers Model the Costs Associated with Harvest-Time Farm Operations.

Iteris, Inc., a leader in providing information solutions to the transportation and agriculture markets, has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded five patents for key harvesting technologies that make up Iteris' industry-leading precision farming platform, ClearAg™. The five patents are directly related to ClearAg's Harvest Advisory Services, which are available to agribusinesses and growers globally through ClearAg application programming interfaces (APIs), the ClearAg Visualization Components suite, and the ClearAg Mobile App.

ClearAg's harvest-time decision support capabilities help producers assess the financial impacts that weather, water, soil and crop health conditions can have on farming and harvesting operations. The patented technology guides agribusinesses and growers making harvest-related decisions that consider plant wetness and seed moisture. Specifically, the patented technology provides guidance for efficient use of desiccants and helps in the optimization of in-field and fuel-based drying of agricultural commodities.

"The ClearAg Harvest Advisors help maximize yield and capture operational efficiencies by providing real-time crop analysis information in the context of historical norms," said Tom Blair, senior vice president of Iteris' Performance Analytics Division. "Harvest operations require timely decisions regarding the application of desiccants and the determination of an optimal harvest window based upon crop moisture content and growth stage. Agribusinesses and growers alike can utilize ClearAg to achieve critical decision support on a global basis for the upcoming harvest season."

ClearAg leverages Iteris' global precision weather and soil content with the power of agronomic models to address complex agricultural challenges. The ClearAg decision support advisory services for precision agriculture, such as the Harvest Advisors, are based upon ClearAg's precision weather capabilities, and its proprietary Land Surface Modeling technologies as well as Iteris' EMPower™ adaptive forecasting engine. As new information becomes available, the ClearAg system adapts to provide the most accurate, location-based information available on a worldwide basis. ClearAg's patented technologies combine global, multi-sensor weather analyses, ensemble-based weather forecasting, customized soil modeling, crop growth modeling capabilities, and a staff of expert meteorologists to create what we believe to be the most accurate, science-based environmental information available.

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