Teagasc and Vodafone Ireland Launch New Fertiliser Tracker App
Teagasc in association with Vodafone Ireland today launched a new Teagasc App for use by Irish farmers and the Agri Industry to keep track of their fertiliser use. The new Teagasc App was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD at the National Ploughing Championships, today, Wednesday, 26 September.
The innovative Teagasc App, developed by Furious Tribe for Vodafone Ireland, has two components;
An interactive tool called “fertiliser tracker” which can be used by farmers to record fertiliser purchases and compare the total Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P) and Potassium (K) actually used to their annual fertiliser plan
A link to the mobile version of the Teagasc website enabling users to keep in touch with the latest Teagasc news, upcoming events and current publications
Currently, farmers manually review the quantities of fertiliser they purchase from suppliers, and compare it to a nutrient management plan prepared for their farm, which sets out the amount of Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P) and Potassium (K) they can use in the year ahead. The new App allows farmers to check their usage at any time and in any place reducing the amount of time involved in carefully managing this process. Farmers can quickly and easily use the App on the move or at the merchants store when discussing prices.
Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said that Teagasc is delighted to have partnered with Vodafone Ireland on the development of the App that will assist all farmers to use the latest technology to manage their fertiliser and nutrient usage more precisely on their farms.
Charlie Marriott, Enterprise Solutions Specialist at Vodafone Ireland said: “The Agri industry is highly innovative and the Teagasc App is a prime example of how mobile technologies can really assist the farming community to better manage their day to day business. We are seeing increased use of smart phones across the sector and we want to ensure that users are getting the best out of those devices. Vodafone is constantly investing to ensure we are offering the best network experience and innovative solutions to our customer”.
The concept of the App was the brainchild of three Teagasc advisers, Fintan Monahan, Stuart Childs and Gordon Peppard, in response to the need of their farmer clients for a tool that could help them more effectively keep track of their fertiliser purchases and usage. The three advisers received a Teagasc innovation award for the concept.
Teagasc will continuously develop and improve the APP in future years. It is now available for free on the App Store for iPhone users and the Play Store for Android users.