A farmer spots a new insect in his soybeans or a discoloration on his corn leaves that he hasn’t seen before. In the old days, he or she might have captured one of the bugs or pulled one of the diseased leaves and sent them to the county Extension office to be identified.
A new product from DuPont Pioneer, its Field360 Tools App, allows farmers to take a picture of a pest or disease or weed in their fields, geo-reference its location and send it to their local Pioneer agronomist or other technical representative and get a quick diagnosis and treatment recommendation. The app can also provide other agronomy tools growers may find useful.
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“We couple their field-by-field information with powerful agronomic tools such as GDU (growing degree unit) calculations, crop progress tracking, weather, all at the field level,” says Justin Heath, DuPont Pioneer manager, new services. “As we look forward, we’ve got a lot on our plates. We will be rolling out a lot of new offerings over the next year.”
The new app combines analysis tools with real-time data. Growers are able to track multiple field scenarios, including progress of the crop with a growth stage estimator, view precipitation forecasts and daily precipitation, and calculate GDUs and key crop stages. The Pioneer Field360 Tools app can also estimate harvest dates for each Pioneer brand corn hybrid  planted. Part of the Pioneer Field360 services offering, this app can be located by searching Field360 in the App Store. Heath says the app will be upgraded with additional best-in-class agronomy tools as they are available.
Growers can also go to pioneer.com/360  to access the Pioneer Field360 Tools app and other Pioneer applications such as Pioneer Field360 Notes app and the Plantability app, as Heath explains in this video from the media tour that was part of the opening ceremony for DuPont’s new Innovation Center in Johnston, Iowa.