SOYL updates app to add shapefile support

SOYL, a division of Frontier Agriculture, Ltd., announced on Sept. 30 the release of a new version of its iSOYL app to help farmers create files which will help them better manage their crops.

This update allows farmers to use the generic shapefile format which can be transferred from iSOYL using Dropbox or OneDrive cloud storage. iSOYL’s goal is to help the grower save time, money and manpower. It uses a smart cable and adapter to connect an iPad with all popular spreader, sprayer and drill controllers, and a data transfer system allows information to be effortlessly and efficiently transferred between field and office.

SOYL Head of Business Development Tom Parker said the new update will allow shapefiles from a variety of management systems, allowing growers more freedom to produce their own files.

“By connecting to OneDrive and Dropbox, iSOYL combines a simple application with simple file management and data access. The whole solution could not be more straightforward. Additionally, as applied data is returned to the cloud as a text file, recording the product, amount, date and time of applications and making it easy for growers to ensure their records are up to date. This is a significant step forward, enabling even more growers to take advantage of the iSOYL app in the U.K. and further afield,” Parker said.

In addition to the new file system, the app has also become more compatible with different application equipment as well as better support for small seeds. The app allows the grower to upload seed rates in either whole numbers or using decimals that can now be made into imperial units. Additional benefits to the app include the ability to drop markers on the map of the field in order to record a variety of special interests including weed populations or crop variations. Growers also save money because the app can be used on an existing iPad with a simple, clear layout and touch screen capabilities.

“Since we first launched iSOYL in January 2015, we have seen continued interest in straightforward precision crop production techniques in both the U.K. and internationally," SOYL Commercial Director Simon Parrington said. "Because iSOYL is both cost effective and simple to use, it has made precision farming more accessible. As interest increases we are determined to continue to make it available to as many growers as possible.”

While the app is free to download in the Apple App Store, there is a $795 fee for a smart cable, in cab charging solution, all adapters and the in-cab mounting system. There is also a $75 annual fee for cloud storage.

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