App gives farm­ers real-time data on veg­e­ta­tion growth

Countryman - - MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY - Cally Dupe

Wes­farm­ers’ start-up agri­cul­ture tech busi­ness has launched its first prod­uct — a cloud-based map­ping tool to an­a­lyse year-on-year veg­e­ta­tion growth.

The com­pany made its first ven­ture into the global ag-tech world in Oc­to­ber, when it launched start-up com­pany De­ci­pher AgTech.

In De­cem­ber, De­ci­pher AgTech launched the free De­ci­pherGO app, which re­places Wes­farm­ers’ GreenPre­ci­sion satel­lite im­agery tool.

Pow­ered by Google Earth, De­ci­pherGO works in a sim­i­lar way to GreenPre­ci­sion, chart­ing real-time biomass in­for­ma­tion to re­veal trends in plant den­sity and growth per­for­mance.

De­ci­pher busi­ness man­ager Wayne Hiller said the app em­pow­ered farm­ers to build on their in­nate knowl­edge of pad­docks.

“We wanted to bring de­ci­sion mak­ing into the pad­dock, and pack­age the power of the De­ci­pher plat­form into a user-friendly app,” he said.

“Farm­ers are aware that hav­ing sound nu­tri­tional in­sights is piv­otal to en­hanc­ing crop yield.

“If you can quickly and ac­cu­rately iden­tify and an­a­lyse nu­tri­tional per­for­mance, you can make sure your crop gets the nu­tri­tional in­puts it needs when it needs them.”

Users can stand in the mid­dle of a pad­dock, look at their smart­phone and see de­tailed biomass vari­abil­ity across an en­tire crop, through satel­lite im­agery. A biomass op­tion lets users see lev­els of plant growth at a cho­sen lo­ca­tion at dif­fer­ent months and years.

While the cur­rent tool is free, De­ci­pher plans to add sub­scrip­tion fea­tures to the app later this year. This in­cludes soil and plant sam­ple col­lec­tion, and scout­ing.

Other fea­tures to come later in­clude biomass chart­ing across the farm, global im­agery view, higher res­o­lu­tion, 1GB of data stor­age and ac­cess to four years of im­agery.

De­ci­pherGO was de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Perth-based spa­tial con­sult­ing agency NGIS Aus­tralia.

Mr Hiller said cus­tomer feed­back was help­ing to iden­tify the ad­di­tional De­ci­pherGO fea­tures.

“We see De­ci­pher grow­ing in strength and rel­e­vance for farm­ers and those in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try,” he said.

“It’s a re­ally ex­cit­ing and dy­namic space to be in be­cause it makes a dif­fer­ence to our cus­tomers.”

The app is avail­able for down­load for iOS and An­droid de­vices.

Pic­ture: Wes­farm­ers

The De­ci­pherGo app is avail­able on ios and An­droid.

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