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The Best Ag Technologies Talk to Each Other

Agrian developed our ag technologies following a principle: That any data is only as valuable as your ability to use it quickly, conveniently, and seamlessly. Obviously, that includes your ability to collect data efficiently and integrate various sets of data from different sources. If you can’t collect and use your data quickly, then it isn’t valuable when you need it to be… which means it isn’t valuable at all.

Agrian wanted to make the data we provide useful, which means we had to design farm management software that made it quickly, convenient, and seamlessly accessible. We did that by partnering with key collaborators to make sure all of our ag connections software systems talked to each other. Here’s how Agrian’s ag management software communicates, and how that communication makes it the best ag technologies farm managers could ask for:

Integrated Farm Management Software That Works Together

The Agrian platform integrates data from a wide range of sources empowering users to control their data all in one place. Agrian nurtures relationships with scores of industry partners to give users the highest possible level of user friendly control and versatility in managing their agribusiness data.

For example, Agrian allows users to set up integrations with John Deere, Climate, or Raven to seamlessly, wirelessly, transfer data straight from the equipment, to the cloud, to their Agrian dashboard, all in real time and all without ever touching human hands. With wireless technology in a harvester or sprayer and an Agrian license, you don’t even need a USB drive. Users can even save time with other file types by dropping those files into Agrian’s Uploader Tool for processing Shapefiles, Veris, Satloc and Ag Otter data.

Agrian has worked closely with several equipment and technology companies to integrate with in-cab data collection software to simplify this part of an operator’s job. These include John Deere’s JDLink Connect, Raven Slingshot and Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView. In the case of John Deere, the two companies have been collaborating on farm management software solutions for years.

Farm Management Software Integrations By John Deere & Agrian

“About five years ago, we launched the John Deere Operations Center, which is our digital ag technologies platform,” explained Chip Donahue, Manager, Business Segment Strategy, Intelligent Solutions Group at John Deere. “It is designed as a farm management software platform that others can build applications on top of or to use our APIs [Application Program Interfaces] to exchange data.  We were looking to fill some gaps in our portfolio within the Operations Center, and Agrian rose to the top of our list; we already had a good business relationship with them, and the ag technologies tools they have are very good.”

From the Combine to the Cloud: Agrian’s Ag Connections Software

“By working with Agrian, our customers can leverage the capabilities of our Operations Center and Agrian NextGen tools in order to make the workflow for the user more seamless and easier during their day to day operation, which is really the point of everything we do,” Donahue continued.

Donahue says Agrian continues to release Operations Center tools to make it easy for the customer and their trusted advisor – like Agrian’s notification software, for example, which posts notifications about field events, such as the completion of harvest in a field. “Agrian consumes that, and they are able to notify their customers, which in many cases are the large ag retail companies,” he explained. “Having that notification allows the agronomist to do or recommend the next step as part of their crop plans, such as doing soil tests, or spreading fertilizer, or making a recommendation. It’s part of the workflow that Agrian provides.”

Remote Display Access Tool via Ag Connections Software

Agrian and John Deere have integrated other ag connections software as well, enabling crucial ag technologies applications such as a remote display access tool. The remote display access tool allows a user to remotely access a John Deere machine display on the inside of a tractor or combine cab.

From the remote display access view, the user can identify any problems the machine may be having and even conduct remote support. If someone is having a problem executing a prescription or setting up a machine, for instance, the Agrian user can help them execute remotely from the software’s field hubs instead of having to drive to the site itself.

Different Strengths, Technological Synergies: The Best Ag Technologies Work Together

Donahue believes that working together, companies with different strengths can create technological synergies that benefit the end users.

“We know that farmers don’t farm alone,” Donahue said. “They have many, many different advisors that support them – agronomy companies, banks, insurance companies, other equipment companies, etc. The folks at Agrian are subject matter experts at things like utilizing ag technologies and writing recommendations for fertility, pests and diseases. We believe there’s a network effect by having the best-in-class integrated into our platform. Agrian is one of the best-in-class. They are a world-class organization providing farm management software and many, many tools that we will never build. It’s better to leverage existing knowledge, expertise and tools that are already built than building your own.”

Bringing It All Together: Aligning Efforts to Create the Best Ag Connections Software

“We understand that just having more data isn’t useful unless that data is truly integrated in a way that reveals something that couldn’t be seen before or allows our customers to make informed decisions more quickly than they could in the past,” concludes Peter Brandt, CTO at Agrian. “To achieve that end, we believe in playing nicely with others in the industry; we each perform critical roles in making seamless data integration possible and practical.”

Agrian started developing our Ag technologies with the principle outlined above. We knew we couldn’t just provide a lot of one kind of data; we had to provide all kinds, and we had to do it quickly and in a user friendly way. Understanding our goal this way naturally leads us to the fruitful collaborations we enjoy today. The best ag technologies are only achieved by bringing everything that works together into one. That’s exactly how Agrian works.

The last piece of the puzzle is you. Whether you’re interested in partnering with Agrian to develop new ag connections software or other ag technologies or you want your growing business to benefit from our existing systems, get in touch right away. Agrian specializes in working together with businesses we believe in. We’re excited to make you one of them.

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