When Prime Meridian first brought its multi-year precision data packages to market nearly 2 years ago we did something a little groundbreaking. We decided that for any qualified client that signed up for one of our Prime Packages we would include a free Apple iPad tablet.
What we discovered was that delivering digital information via 3-ring binders should have been ditched a long time ago. Our clients fell in love with receiving digital precision information digitally. Imagine that?
But what we’re finding out along with the rest of the agricultural world is that these mobile devices are more than a digital one-trick pony. Not only are they good at receiving and displaying digital information but they make pretty awesome field data collectors as well.
There are a lot of great agricultural apps out there but one in particular caught our eye this spring and we’d like our retail partners and grower clients to give it a spin this growing season. It’s called Scout Pro and what’s different about it is that it does one specific task very well – field scouting. In fact, it is so specific the company offers separate apps for scouting corn and soybeans.
Up until now there has not been a really robust, full-featured scouting application that took full advantage of the power and simplicity of the new mobile platforms like iOS or Android. What makes it so different?
1) Just a few touches and flicks through the app will reveal a rich multi-media library with almost every plant specific pest or disease you can think of. Just identify, tag and touch and everything is geo-referenced and synced back to an online database where all data is sorted by field boundary. Not sure of a particular pest? Just snap a pic with you mobile device and it gets geo-tagged to the field and shared with key advisors.
2) In addition, to collecting data Scout Pro digitally disseminates scouting reports that look like works of art compared to their previous hand scribbled paper counterparts. Plus, reports can literally be sent when exiting a field instead of having to sometimes wait days for a written report.
3) The final and most important perk we see with the Scout Pro app is that all the data once synced with the database is exportable to other key GIS packages. This is critical as scouting data needs to be married with other real-time field information like variety and seed population information and yield maps and fertility data. Wouldn’t you like to be able to relate yield loss in a field to insect damage? Better yet wouldn’t you like to know which variety of corn was more susceptible to things like green snap? That’s the exciting power of this app.
It is for these reasons Prime Meridian is looking to integrate the Scout Pro app and the data collected into its multi-year Prime Packages’ offerings. It certainly is a natural fit and since you’ll have the free iPad anyway, you might as well take it everywhere you go – including to the field to scout bugs and weeds!
Want to learn more? For more information on getting set up on Scout Pro or its cost, please contact Justin Ogle or Steve Cubbage at Prime Meridian at 417-667-4471.