CropTrak welcomes Chris Fox to our Enterprise Sales Team!

CropTrak welcomes Chris Fox to our Enterprise Sales Team!

Chris Fox
joins the
CropTrak Team!

CropTrak is pleased to announce that Chris Fox has joined our growing Enterprise Accounts team.

Chris has more than twelve years of ag-tech industry experience including Co-Founding SeediQ, LLC, a seed varietal data service, which was acquired by CDMS, Inc., one year after market launch. Prior to founding SeediQ, Chris successfully led Greenbook Data Solutions as GM, where he transformed a legacy print and website reference product into a nimble data service enterprise delivering crop protection product data via flexible APIs to clients throughout the agriculture sector. 

Chris has collaborated on data solutions with global crop protection companies, distributors, retailers, and a wide range of precision-ag software vendors. Always an early adopter, Chris also has led website, mobile app, and Web Service development projects including work on a pilot for the U.S. EPA to vet the concept of Web-distributed pesticide labeling.

CropTrak CEO Aaron Hutchinson says “Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to CropTrak that helps us identify and solve customer pain points faster.  We’re excited to see how his experiences blend with the quickly expanding team to shape our future products!”

To find out more about Chris and how he can help improve your risk management strategies for all aspects of the Ag industry, you can contact Chris here at CropTrak!

How CropTrak Helps You During These Changing Times

How CropTrak Helps You During These Changing Times

No one can argue that we live in changing times. Technology moves at a frantic pace, and many of us struggle to keep up with the advancements and new knowledge that develops faster than we can assimilate it.

The Ag world is not immune to this – knowledge drives change in our industry. Some of the practices that were acceptable and codified into law 40 or more years ago are now known to be dangerous to consumers, the land we use to grow food, and indeed the farmers growing the food. So how DO you protect yourself against practices that were once considered state-of-the-art?

The answer is to document everything! In our litigious society, you MUST be able to show “good faith practices” that are in compliance with all regulatory requirements at the time of use. And CropTrak’s suite of products makes that easy to do. We help you efficiently collect data in the field, track chemical use, safety training, work orders, equipment maintenance and much more.

Contact our team to find out how we can help you limit your liability in a changing world!

CropTrak Named Top 5 Tech Companies!

CropTrak Named Top 5 Tech Companies!

We are reluctant to toot our own horn, but we love it when other folks do it for us! CropTrak is proud to announce that we’ve been named as being one of the top 5 tech startup companies in Tucson, AZ by the Tech Tribune. This is actually the 2nd year in a row that we have received this honor.

In doing their research into the very best tech startups in Tucson, AZ, the Tech Tribune considered several factors including:

– Revenue Potential
– Leadership Team
– Brand/Product Traction
– and Competitive Landscape

Upon receiving this honor, CropTrak’s president Aaron Hutchinson said “thank you to the Tech Tribune for this honor and recognition. CropTrak is committed to creating and providing a true enterprise-level agriculture data management platform that allows Enterprise Food and Enterprise Ag companies to easily collect, monitor, and report on the health of their business, crops growing, and the food we ultimately eat.”

Your can read the entire article in the Tech Tribune.

Do You Need a Personal Assistant?

Do You Need a Personal Assistant?

We all wish we could have a personal assistant (P.A.) to make our daily work lives easier. The good news is CropTrak can give you a virtual P.A. by leveraging a whole suite of tools that allow you to easily automate tasks including alerts, reports, broadcasts and more.

Here’s a quick list of some of the top tools in CropTrak that will make your job easier today:

Mobile Feature InfoViews (FIVs) – these in-app mini-reports are a very powerful way to monitor and compare recent data without having to go to an external reporting solution. More info on our support portal.

Mobile FarmEngine – lets you automatically identify which fields need to have things done, drop a pin on the map and color-code those fields – even send yourself an email reminder or text message when things are overdue. FarmEngine is a decision support platform designed to help users make repeatable and timely decisions. Just set up the rules (no programming required) and let CropTrak do the work.  More info on our support portal.

Action Items & Work Orders – forget having to send a memo and remembering to follow up on that memo. In-app Action Items & Work Orders function as direct “heads-up” indicators that allow you to assign “completable job” tasks with deliverable deadlines. More info on our support portal.

Web Dashboards – the main feature of our newly released CropTrak Web, dashboards give you an immediate view of the health of every facet of your organization. These can be viewed on a form, map or image basis. More info on our support portal.

Web Broadcasts – never again will you have to manually send reports to a list of recipients by hand. CropTrak Web allows you to set up automated broadcasts to any number of distribution lists. More info on our support portal.

Mobile Worklists – See a grid table view of work, status, and values to speed you thru a days work and make sure you never miss a task again. Part of the Spring 2019 release.

As with all things CropTrak, don’t hesitate to contact our support team with any questions you might have about configuring your own CropTrak personal assistant!

Four Methods for Controlling Layers in CropTrak

Four Methods for Controlling Layers in CropTrak

One of the bedrock principles of CropTrak is how assets and layers are handled in the app. The ability to turn layers on and off allows users to quickly see how various assets are behaving. However once we get to know the app, most folks tend to use the same methods to turn layers on and off. But there are four methods for layer display control within the app including some which may make your app experience even better:

  1. At the Ranch/Field Level – the most basic method for layer display control. This is accessed by navigating to the field level of the app, and using either the “Geometry Visible” button, or scrolling down to the list of layers associated with the farm to turn on/off a single layer.
  2. At the Farm Level – backing out of the Ranch/Field level to the Farm level, we can see the Asset List (Ranches/Fields) associated with the farm. If we tap on the “hamburger” icon (the three horizontal lines to the right of the Farm name), we will open up a menu with layer controls. The Layers Visible toggle functions the same way the Geometry Visible toggle works when we directly selected the farm name.
  3. At the Grower Level – Backing out to the Grower level displays the Asset List (Farms) associated with the Grower. If we tap on the “hamburger” icon for the selected grower, we open the layer controls menu for the grower (the menu looks identical to that seen on the farm level). Turning the Layers Visible toggle to ON will display ALL the assets associated with ALL the farms belonging to the Grower.
  4. Via the Asset Selection Filter – The last main way that you can turn layers on/off is via the Asset Selection Filter which is accessed via the “Funnel” icon at the middle of the very top most menu in CropTrak.

CropTrak has created a detailed set of “how-to’s” on our support portal which explains everything related controlling the display of layers within the app. You can access the support article on that here.

As with all things CropTrak, don’t hesitate to contact our support team with any questions you might have about this cool feature!

Using External GPS devices with CropTrak

Using External GPS devices with CropTrak

Our iOS devices are amazing bits of technology that place a very powerful computer in our hands. One of it’s abilities is to triangulate our location by bouncing signals off cell towers to place our location within 3 meters or so. But what if three meters isn’t close enough, or you’re in a location without cell service (or bad cell service)? The answer is an external GPS unit.

Unlike iOS devices which triangulate off the closest cell tower, GPS units determine our location by tying into GPS satellites in geosynchronous orbit. And there’s a LOT of them up there. So no matter where you are in the world, you can find your location – usually to within one meter. If you’re doing detailed measurements, this make a big difference.

Apple has made it incredibly simple to use an external GPS device with iOS devices. You can use pretty much any GPS device that either connects directly via lightning connection, or via bluetooth. Connect to your iOS device per the manufacturer’s directions, and your iPhone/iPad will automatically use the measurements from those connected GPS devices instead of the internal measurements from your iOS device.

CropTrak is designed to record location data based on whatever tracking info your iOS device is set to use – so you don’t have to do anything in CropTrak to use an external GPS device once your iPhone/iPad is connected to it.

CropTrak has created a detailed set of “how-to’s” on our support portal which explains everything related to connecting to an external GPS including affordable examples of devices that our team uses in the field. You can access the support article on that here.

As with all things CropTrak, don’t hesitate to contact our support team with any questions you might have about this cool feature!