UK-based SOYL has released a new field scouting app iSOYscout, designed to make recording, monitoring and review of in-field problems and variation easier for growers. The free Apple-placform app enables growers to log features and problems in their fields, while they are in the fields, with no need for a cellular or wifi connection. However, SOYL says a 50GBP in-app purchase is required to download your features and patches into DropBox or OneDrive in shape file format.
“Our existing iSOYL variable-rate app transformed the variable rate application experience for growers and iSOYLscout is now set to take crop scouting to another level of simplicity. It will enable growers and their agronomists to achieve greater attention to detail, all delivered through the usual slick SOYL interface,” explained SOYL’s Commercial Director, Simon Parrington.
“The app can be used in any number of situations to log and record information around the farm,” continued Parrington. “For example, growers could open the app and note patches of weeds so that they could refer back to the information later when making spraying plans, or log the location of natural features such as trees or ponds which will help when creating crop protection application plans perhaps months or even years later.”
Parrington said that as well as areas of interest, any other information which the grower thinks useful can be recorded at a specific point on the land. Users can add and edit a list of points pertinent to their farm. Information can be noted via GPS or manually, and free text edits of any length and photographs can be added as well. Once uploaded, the data can be shared and the files can be viewed in most precision farming software platforms.