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What’s new in the world of farming apps?

Grain Central, February 27, 2017

New app for monitoring sprayers and planters

The new John Deere Connect Mobile App helps growers monitor, adjust and learn from the performance of their planter or sprayer while it moves through the field.

John Deere’s new Connect Mobile App helps growers monitor their sprayer or planter in the field.

Using Connect Mobile, growers can monitor job quality in real time and better understand what’s going on with their sprayer or planter in nozzle-by-nozzle and row-by-row detail.

By visualising job performance, operators can quickly and more easily identify potential problems.

Multiple map layers across production steps provide additional insights for growers to consider that can improve their productivity and reduce operating costs.

Operators can seamlessly move the app from one John Deere machine to the next, and from one production step to another with confidence and familiarity thanks to Connect Mobile’s common user interface.

Using the app, operators can compare data layers from previous production steps with what’s seen when scouting fields.

Over time, Connect Mobile will include other operations, such as harvesting, the ability to add more data and to help growers make better-informed decisions with greater confidence.

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Managing farm staff made easy

Keeping track of the workflow of up to 25 employees at busy times of the year in his 16,500-hectare grain and sheep production business is a big challenge for southern NSW, Matt Lane, Wagga Wagga.

To improve time-efficient and accurate communications with his employees and agronomist, Mr Lane’s agronomy consultant, Neil Durning, has introduced him to the Agworld application (app) platform.

Through a smart phone or device, the Agworld app enables farm advisers and employers to: send and receive recommendations in real-time from the paddock or office; record key production data and advice; and share information.

Mr Lane said he now received immediate agronomy advice about fertiliser, herbicide or fungicide use, application rates and other management issues from Mr Durning while the adviser was in his paddocks actively assessing the crops right through the growing season.

“I then allocate the related tasks stemming from that advice to my farm staff in real-time using the Agworld app and they can carry these jobs out and record what they have done on the system as soon as they are finished,” he said.

“It is highly time-efficient and enables us to keep very accurate records of what’s happening in the paddock as the season unfolds.

“I can carry on with what I am doing while my agronomist is checking my crops and – at the same time – I can keep track of my staff and what they are doing as they are carrying out his recommendations.

“They all have the technology in the tractor or header to read the recommendations and action these.”

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Simplifying grain selling decisions

An innovative new app released last month has simplified how farmers make grain selling decisions.

The SalesMate has been designed for farmers and is free to download making it accessible to all Australian grain growers.

It aims to simplify the decision-making process into three core considerations; price, production and the farmer’s propensity to sell.

The SalesMate app was created by a collaboration between Planfarm Marketing and Profarmer Australia, with funding from the Council of Grain Grower Organisations (COGGO).

The app uses a live feed of current prices and decile values based on five years of historical price information.

Each user enters their estimated or actual production, and selects their propensity to sell from very conservative to very aggressive.

Using this core information, the SalesMate algorithm calculates a target sales result in tonnes for the farmer.

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Source: John Deere, Agworld, SalesMate

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