New app eases cover crop verification for farmers

Farmers who have committed to grow environmentally-friendly cover crops are now able to quickly verify their work while they are out tending to their land thanks to a handy new app.

The first-of-its-kind and simple-to-use software allows farmers to upload pictures and details of their crops direct from the field via their smartphone. Once submitted, machine learning technology automatically identifies and confirms the crop and its location fulfilling the commitment.

It’s the latest development from EnTrade, the online platform that facilitates efficient catchment spending between buyers of environmental measures, such as water companies, and sellers such as farmers and landowners.

EnTrade creates a market in a catchment, which provides financial incentive and guidance for farmers to create measures that reduce environmental impact such as reducing excess nutrients entering nearby watercourses.

EnTrade’s managing director Guy Thompson said: “Our whole business model is designed around making it financially viable, supportive and easier for farmers to deliver more for the environment. The launch of our app will help us to make even bigger strides in this direction.

“Through our engagement with farmers, we understand that they want to maximise their environmental contributions, while still producing quality food. However, we also recognise their extremely busy workloads and long hours. Our app allows farmers to verify their cover crops instantly, meaning they can get on with their day without creating extra administrative work.”

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.