SOYL newsletter May 20161. Improve efficiency with detailed recording in new app
The ability to accurately record in field observations and transfer them to the office for detailed assessment has been a popular request from growers and advisors alike. In response to this demand, SOYL has developed iSOYLscout which, in an extension to the award winning iSOYL app, will allow users to capture and record more detailed information and observations while out in the field.
With iSOYLscout, users can record areas of interest manually or with GPS to accurately map features and issues such as waterlogging, black-grass or game cover within a field, from the relevant location or remotely. The hectarage of the drawn area is immediately shown by the app and can be adjusted to a specific size if needed. The information is then quickly and seamlessly transferred back to the office, using MySOYL in the same way that iSOYL does. Permission to view this information can be granted to everyone who has access to the farm's MySOYL account, or to specific people defined by the MySOYL account owner.
iSOYLscout will be a valuable tool in many scenarios. For example, if an area of poor plant growth is spotted which requires expert advice, the app can be used to log the location, draw out the area in question, photograph the crop and make detailed notes. This is uploaded to the farm MySOYL account there and then ready for the agronomist to log on, assess the situation and make a recommendation on how to proceed within minutes, resolving the issue and saving time and money.
For more information on iSOYLscout, speak to your local SOYL contact or call 01635 204190. To see a live demonstration of iSOYLscout, visit SOYL on stand 314 at this year's Cereals event on 15th and 16th June at Chrishall Grange.
2. VIP visit following iSOYL success
Following iSOYL's recognition as a 'FinOvation Honouree' in this year's Farm Industry News awards, SOYL's head office was visited by local MP Richard Benyon earlier this month. He presented the award to commercial director, Simon Parrington and the iSOYL development team: Tom Parker, Guy Curtis and Graham Barr.
Voted for by readers, iSOYL is one of just 21 agricultural innovations worldwide to receive this recognition this year.
iSOYL is an iPad app that streamlines the variable rate application process, enabling growers to easily manage and control precision tasks. Launched 18 months ago, it has been popular with growers around the world and is now used across five continents.
To find out how iSOYL could benefit your business, visit www.isoyl.com or call 01635 204190.
3. Earn and learn with SOYL at Cereals 2016
As well as learning more about the benefits of precision farming techniques and meeting the team, growers can earn BASIS points with SOYL at Cereals this year.
SOYL will be part of the largest ever BASIS Knowledge Trail at next month's event. To collect Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, visitors must first register their details with BASIS at stand 353a. Exhibitors on the Knowledge Trail will then scan members' cards after each task has been completed, which BASIS will use to attribute points to each member at the end of the event.
With soil and crop exhibits on the stand to help growers gain their points, visiting SOYL will be a practical learning experience as well as an opportunity to investigate new precision processes that could improve business efficiency.
Throughout the event, our expert team will be available to answer questions and discuss how precision techniques could make a difference to your business. As well as your regular SOYL contact, you will be able to talk to experts including development manager, David Whattoff, about how the SOYLsight UAV can identify crop performance issues and how variable depth cultivations with Autodepth can improve soil structure and create cost savings. Tom Parker, business development manager, will be on hand to give demonstrations of iSOYLscout, the new app that records high levels of detail to help plan operations and resolve issues and Graham Barr, field operations manager, can discuss all your hardware needs.
Members of our office team will be there too, including technical support officer Andy Grant, who is often the first port of call for growers having technical difficulties and resolves issues in one phone call wherever possible. As a SOYLsense expert, applications team leader Gavin Campbell works with growers to identify their needs and get spreaders rolling as quickly as possible during the busy nitrogen season and crop application advisor, Ollie Wilson, specialises in P, K, Mg and pH recommendations, taking care to understand each grower's business so that SOYL's services can be tailored to achieve maximum benefits. Ollie will also be managing the SOYL element of the BASIS Knowledge Trail.
With so much to gain, a visit to SOYL at Cereals 2016 is not to be missed.
4. MyFarm: the perfect companion for MySOYL
Users of MySOYL will be familiar with managing all of their precision activities with a single tool, with data, maps, plans and calculators all stored in one easy access online facility. Though it can standalone, MySOYL can also be incorporated into a MyFarm account, bringing a wide range of tools together to manage crops efficiently from one place, with access via just one login.
Frontier's MyFarm is an online system that aims to give farmers greater access to all of their farm data, from crop records and spray plans to financial budgets and invoices. The MyFarm website allows growers to access and update their information at any time and from any internet-enabled device. Growers using MyFarm are also able to complete more of their record keeping in the field, via the MyRecs app for both iPad and iPhone. By capturing information in the field, MyFarm users are cutting down on administrative time spent in the office and ensuring their records are complete and compliant with regulations.
To find out more about MySOYL, please speak to your SOYL contact or call 01635 204190.
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