We are very excited to announce the adoption of ScoutPro into our crop scouting program. By adding this to our toolbox, we can now deliver a more advanced scouting report to accompany the knowledge our team has to offer. With ScoutPro in hand, we can take our customer service to the next level.
Not only is it nice to support products that have strong Iowa roots, but it’s even better to work with people who understand the needs of our industry. ScoutPro does just that with a unique history. What started as an entrepreneurship class project at Iowa State in the fall of 2010, blossomed into a business by May of 2011. Michael Koenig, Stuart McCulloh, and Holden Nyhus, founders of ScoutPro, were all born and raised on Iowa farms and are ISU College of Agriculture graduates.
ScoutPro is an app that will be utilized by our interns and agronomy sales staff as they scout growers’ fields. This will allow us to deliver a more advanced scouting report to customers. We are most excited about ScoutPro’s GPS functionality. This gives us the power to communicate what we find in specific georeferenced locations. What takes the value of this feature to the next level is the ability to attach comments and pictures to these specific points. GPS will also be useful when rescouting an area to check its progress.
This feature will play a major role in giving more accurate area estimates as well. For example, if you are questioning a replant or respray situation, we have the capability to walk the circumference of the area-in-question and the app will generate the number of acres within. This will be a great resource in determining the amount of product needed or for recording damaged areas due to weather/ insects/ animals/ etc.
ScoutPro will benefit our ProVantage program as well. By importing map layers into ScoutPro, we can scout based on various variable rate prescriptions or trials that have been applied to growers’ fields. This will allow us to easily check on progress throughout the growing season; giving our customers more data about what is going on in their trials and operation.
As a company, we are constantly looking at ways to bring more value to our customers. ScoutPro allows us to do just that. If you see our interns or sales staff walking your fields with a tablet in hand, we encourage you to ask to see ScoutPro in person!