Digital technologies: possibilities of agricultural applications for mobile devices

The computer revolution is changing the foundations of the global economy. It is impossible to stop or slow down global technological innovation, which means that Russia must try to lead this process, or, in extreme cases, keep up with its leaders. In Kazakhstan, in the city of Alma-Ata, on February 1, the International Digital Forum was held, at which the problem of accelerating the digitization of an increasing number of sectors of the economy was discussed.  He said that in the next five years about two trillion rubles will be allocated for the development of the “digital”.

With the continued improvement of mobile devices (mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, etc.), applications began to be developed and used to solve various problems, including in agriculture. They are created mainly on the basis of the mobile operating systems iOS (Apple), Android (Google) and Windows Phone (Microsoft).



Today, a “smart” phone can be not only a means of communication, entertainment, but also an effective assistant to an agronomist, engineer, livestock technician or farm manager. In its simplest form, a smartphone can become a reference that is always at hand. The range of tasks solved using mobile devices is diverse and provides, among other things, the needs of precision farming, including: information on the composition of the soil, field boundaries, yield and efficiency of agricultural crops, machine settings, their location, navigation during work and other.

Operator instructions

With the CLAAS CEMOS Advisor, the combine harvester operator, by changing the settings, can prevent grain losses and other problems that are often associated with incorrect harvester adjustment and operation. The application was developed for smartphones (Fig. 1) and is used to control combines of the LEXION, TUCANO and AVERO series [1, 2].

The CEMOS Advisor application is based on providing step-by-step instructions for the operator to change machine settings. If the operator detects a problem during harvest, he enters it into the app. The program gives recommendations on what parameters of the machine need to be changed and thereby, to increase the efficiency and productivity of the combine. The operator then enters the parameters in the CEBIS control terminal in the cab and checks the effectiveness of the solution. If the problem still persists, the app will suggest other solutions.

The CEMOS Advisor app not only helps to optimize the combine and improve its performance in specific harvesting conditions, but at the same time educates the driver, improving his knowledge of combine settings and increasing his experience of operating in specific field conditions. If the combine settings have been successfully changed, they can be saved in the application and used in the future. The instructions in the appendix are based on recommendations from the machine’s manual. Besides, with the help of the program you can easily estimate the grain loss. By entering different values, the operator can accurately determine losses and minimize them.

Telemetry in action

The CLAAS AGCOMMAND telemetry mobile application is a complete wireless information solution that gives farmers and dealerships access to current machine health data. With 13 new options to the core telemetry package, including dedicated baler monitoring functions, the fleet management system is taken to the next level, helping the user to use machinery even more efficiently.

The AGCOMMAND telemetry system is offered as an option for tractors, harvesting equipment, fertilizer applicators and service vehicles. Features of the mobile application: a unique integrated function of the weather radar, which determines the weather conditions in the places of work of equipment; step-by-step control of equipment from the current location of the application user; the history of the movement of equipment and its technical indicators; the ability to compare indicators of several units of equipment; user-defined vehicle and vehicle alerts.

In turn, Mites has developed a mobile application that helps farmers find the right tire pressure for mobile agricultural equipment (Fig. 2). Farmers simply need to select the size of the tire they are using, adjust the speed and weight of the load, and the correct tire pressure will be displayed immediately on the screen. Tires with the correct pressure not only cause less soil damage through compaction, but provide better traction, lower slip and a positive effect on fuel consumption.

The application interface also allows farmers to select tires from a list of available tire sizes from Mites. Full-text search by parameters is also possible. Speed ​​can be set in km / h and mph, load weight (tire load) in kg and lbs., tire pressure (result) in bar and PSI.

All chemistry is in the smartphone

The mobile application “Directory of pesticides and agrochemicals permitted for use in the Russian Federation” is intended for installation on smartphones, tablets and MAC computers running the iOS operating system (Fig. 3).

It is constantly updated and contains an up-to-date list of pesticides and agrochemicals permitted for use in the Russian Federation, and the main regulations for the use of pesticides and agrochemicals. With the help of the directory application, an agricultural producer can search for the desired drug by various parameters (for example, an active substance, a crop, a harmful object, etc.); conduct a quick search by keywords; receive additional information on some drugs; receive new information on drugs via the Internet, as well as on released additions and changes; work with the downloaded database without an Internet connection; find out help information; receive technical support.
The “Pesticides Handbook” mobile application is an electronic handbook (Fig. 4).