Crop Scouting App Saves Time
Some of the biggest needs for technology in agriculture may not be focused on farmers, but instead on their trusted advisors. Independent Crop Consultant Shannon Winny of GroWest Ag Ventures uses a tool called FarmQA to keep track of everything she’s seeing in the field and communicate that to her farmer customers.
Winny… “So I use it for soil sampling. I use it for scouting. I use it for it anytime I'm out in the field. It's just my way of creating that paper trail and being able to document, you know, how many weeds I'm seeing, what weed species they are, what insects I'm seeing. Being able to share that with my growers so that they can see that in real time as well.”
This ability to communicate what she’s seeing is just as important as the data collection piece.
Winny… “All of their scouting reports and everything, you can convert to a PDF and just text them to your growers. So for me, that was huge. Because my communication piece with my growers now isn't: Hey, I looked in this field, this is what you have. If you have time, please go into the app and check it out. So now this one, it was really easy because you just send them their PDF. They can open it. It's got the pictures in there, all of their points, everything. They made things look not only really professional, but also just help with my time management as well.”
Saving time is a necessity for new ag technologies.