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E4 Crop Intelligence is a precision ag solution that integrates services and technology into one cohesive platform.  Data-generated maps, monitor-ready variable rate instructions, crop planning and analytics, seed positioning, crop consulting, soil sampling, precision equipment services and more—the E4 platform excels at turning raw field data into actionable crop intelligence.  Ben Michael is the Soil Sampling and Precision Equipment Manager at E4 Crop Intelligence, located in Woodbine, Iowa.

According to Ben, “It is imperative to have user-friendly software to gather accurate soil sampling data from the field and return that information to the office so that precision ag solutions can be developed.  Farm Works™ Mobile software works well for us; we use Trimble Nomad, Ranger, and Yuma mobile computers with Farm Works Mobile software to gather that data.  It allows us to map the field boundaries, crop lines, tile lines, and soil sampling points on our mobile computers.”

Farm Works Mobile software stores and saves data in a simple folder structure that is easy to retrieve and upload into the E4 Crop Intelligence system for further analysis.  All data collected with Mobile can be exported as a industry standard shapefile (*.shp) format so that it can be compatible with other 3rd party desktop software.  Ben says, “We like that we can overlay a grid with the map that corresponds with the sampling grid size of the field to be sampled; this allows us to log our soil sampling points where it logistically makes sense, not in a predetermined location (like some other software on the market).”  Ben believes it’s important to collect a sample that best represents the grid of the field that is being sampled.  The software allows his company to do that.

Another perk of the mobile software is how well it works with multiple employees.  “We can have up to 25 field specialists using Farm Works Mobile at one time, yet the software handles the data logging process very well.  I like how Farm Works made it very flexible for businesses like ours to use their products.”

As one of the premier soil testing companies in the United States, E4 understands that highly valuable information can be derived from systematic agronomic testing—information that often holds the key to higher profitability!  Farm Works Mobile, allows the E4 field staff to be as efficient as possible while collecting accurate data from the field.  

Ben Michael
Precision Equipment Manager

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