Farming is a large part of our heritage here in the US. Some families have been farming the same fields for generations. Now, technology is changing the game and allowing them to manage more farm operations with ease, even from the comfort of their own home!
Allowing Farmers More Office Time
One such app is ScoutDoc, developed by Ontario-based AgNition, and was launched in 2012 for the iPad platform. AgNition is a company that develops mobile technology solutions for the agri-food industry in order for farmers to manage their entire business more easily.
Peter Gredig, a partner with AgNition, points out that several years back, farmers were told to focus on being the CEO of their business just as much as working the fields. “We were told that we needed to be in the office in front of a computer,” Gredig said. “Now we’re told to get out there (in the fields).”
How It Works
ScoutDoc allows farmers to do just that. Auto-generated maps provided by Google Maps give farmers the means to scout fields using their iPads and a stylus. The app detects the users GPS location, pulling up the appropriate map, which the farmer can then mark up any way they need to. They can add field boundaries, as well as pin drops which they can attach comments to for future reference regarding a variety of things: where to plant certain things, the condition of certain locations, or where weeds need to be eradicated.
The information input into the app allows a farmer to keep up-to-date and accurate information on field condition all season long, letting them forwarding concerns and task lists to field help quickly via email. The reports generated through the GPS app gives farmers the power to compare growing seasons looking at trends and patterns throughout the years, giving them vital information they can use to make adjustments in order to increase yields. The best part: no more lugging around clipboards and paper scouting forms!
Agronomists Love ScoutDoc
Anyone out in the field applauds ScoutDoc for bringing efficiency to the act of field scouting. The GPS technology alone saves heaps of time and paperwork, and more accurately marks locations that need to be monitored more closely. Tying Google Maps in to the app makes it even better, providing an accurate, live map of the field in an instant.
What does the future look like for AgNition? Gredig spoke of a cloud computing system to store this map data rather than directly on the device. Currently, ScoutDoc GPS is only available for iPad2 and newer, but an Android version is in the works.