A POPULAR farm management platform has been extended to include a comprehensive soil sampling solution for agronomists and their farmer clients.
Participating soil testing laboratories can now automatically receive soil sample information direct from the paddock through Agworld’s soil sampling app and deliver results directly back into the farmer’s Agworld account.
The app captures the GPS coordinates from each bag of soil and will automatically match up the sample locations when the laboratory results are returned.
Agworld Australia general manager Simon Foley said the app would integrate the sample collection process and laboratory analysis into a single workflow.
Mr Foley said soil sample jobs could be created in the Agworld app and be collected by first or third party samplers. The collection jobs could also be assigned to individuals on the farm so they know where to take the samples and where to send them.
“Agworld’s free soil sampling app guides the sampler to the exact spot where the sample needs to be taken in the paddock,” Mr Foley said.
“Once sampled, the bag only needs to be scanned into the Agworld app and mailed to the laboratory, which will already have all the information it needs to test the sample and push the results back to the Agworld user.”
Mr Foley said the new system eliminated paperwork and significant overhead costs and would save time in keeping track of what sample results belonged to each paddock.
“Our investment in soil sampling and the integration of soil testing laboratories is a natural evolution of our vision and commitment to creating value for the agricultural industry through a truly collaborative platform,” he said.
“We understand our customers want all of their various platforms and systems to be able to talk to each other and because we know first-hand the value they deliver, our intention is to continue to develop and provide smart integrations within the systems that Agworld customers use.”
Leading agricultural laboratory AgVita Analytical will be the first testing house to accept soil sample data through the integrated Agworld app process, with other laboratories Australian Precision Ag Laboratory (APAL), Nutrient Advantage and CSBP to come online shortly.
Michael Ruffels, general manager of AgVita Analytical, said the partnership with Agworld would ensure critical time savings for all parties and the company was proud to be the first laboratory to come on-board with the new Agworld app.
Mr Foley said having sample results automatically appear in the Agworld app would avoid the need to swap between paper records, or other computer systems, to track down what has happened in the paddock and what the farmer should be planning to do with crop nutrition in the coming year.