Watch the video below to see how to calibrate your SprayLogger.
SprayLogger by AgTerra
pesticide application mapping and detailed reporting made simple
SprayLogger is an easy to use hardware and software system that automatically gathers application information. Simple to install, yet packed with powerful features, SprayLogger may be retrofitted on trucks, ATVs, watercraft, backpacks or other spray rigs and generates live, viewable maps and reports for every spray job. SprayLogger is simply the easiest way to generate professional application maps and reports without changing the way you spray. Now you can quickly exceed federal, state, and customer mapping and reporting requirements while avoiding the hassle and errors typically associated with making maps and filling out reports by hand.
Capture and view GPS location, spray width and application details at the moment of application from all applicators on every job.
Map all spray and no-spray activity in real-time with location and time. Automatically capture exact area, targets, chemical amount and type from one or many tanks, spray sections and nozzles and more.
Create customized application reports that can be printed with detailed chemical usage, weather and job costing information for internal use, customer invoicing and more.
Allow authorized users to view applications in real time. Export to any GIS using shapefile, KMZ, GPX or use the optional API to integrate with ESRI geodatabases.
With MapItFast, you can integrate Google Earth KMZ files or shapefiles into your projects. In fact you can build your own basemaps that work offline to serve as a reference while you map objects and collect data. Learn more about MapItFast objects, layers and basemaps to determine what works best for your projects and to pick up a few tips and tricks.
MapItFastObjects are the most interactive type of map feature. Objects can be queried, selected, and edited. Users can tap on a point, line, polygon or photo to view a pop-up window with the object’s attributes. Attributes can be modified by changing the object name, description, or by adding a Strider form. If a user has “Edit’ capabilities within a project, he or she may move a point object or adjust vertices on lines and polygon objects. BecauseMapItFast objects are vector based and can potentially contain a large number of attributes,MapItFastlimits users to 1,000 objects per import and 5,000 total objects in a single project. Exceeding this number could result in an unresponsive web browser, mobile application, or both. If you’re working with large shapefiles, it is a good idea to split the data into separate projects or consider creating a layerset or custom basemap with the data instead.
Layers are map overlays that lay on top of any basemap. Layers may be vector datasets such as shapefiles that associate attributes with map features/objects or raster datasets such as a georectified maps from a third party. Layers of either type can be stacked on top of each other to serve as a layerset overlaid onto a basemap. Layers are useful when you want to view points, lines and/or polygons as an additional reference layer on a map and set to display differently at different zoom levels.
In MapItFast, basemaps are the bottom layer, layersets are in the middle, and map objects are displayed on top.
Basemaps are individual images of a map (called tiles) generated at a particular resolution and stitched together to create a seamless map. Map tiles make it possible for mobile devices to rapidly access and deliver map images. Basemaps in MapItFast can be viewed online (i.e. streamed via a data connection) or offline (i.e. accessed from the device’s SD card). For users who want to go beyond the default basemap options in MapItFast, custom basemaps are a powerful and customizable option. Custom basemaps are excellent for viewing maps with a lot of cartographic content or aerial imagery. They are created as “tile sets” at multiple zoom levels so that the map image is rapidly rendered for the user with optimum clarity. MapItFast accepts two file formats for custom basemaps: MIFzip and MBTiles.
Advantages and Disadvantages
What type of spatial map data you use with MapItFast is driven by your particular needs. To help you determine what is best, below are the advantages and disadvantages with each data type:
Objects contain detailed attributes
May be edited, queried, and deleted
Available online or offline
Large datasets will bog down the device
Unique symbology must be applied using data dictionaries
Difficult to use for displaying rich cartographic content
The following file types can be uploaded as MapItFast objects: Shapefile, KMZ, or GPX.
Useful for overlaying different data types on top of any basemap
Can be activated in any MapItFast project
May be controlled through user permissions
Can be used with larger datasets
Can be stacked to form layersets
Can be uniquely colored and labeled on an attribute
Available online or offline
Displayed layers cannot be queried
Attribute identification is limited to labeling on one attribute and coloring on another
Labels may appear jumbled or get cut off due to the rasterization and tiling of the layersets. This is most predominant in line and polygon layers. If label placement is important, consider building a custom offline layerset.
Online layers must be cached in advance if needed during offline use
Online layersets require a file in shapefile format.
Custom Basemaps and Offline Layers
Useful for displaying detailed mapping data over large geographic areas
Label placement can be customized
Fast and responsive
Can be very large in size (i.e. several GB); may require using an external SD card on your device
Building offline layersets and basemaps requires third party software
Processing time for the tile package can take anywhere from a few minutes to several days.
Offline basemaps must be processed into a MIFzip or the commonly available MBTiles format.
Vector layers are accepted in KMZ or shapefile format. Note that shapefiles are imported by combining the *.shp, *.shx, *.dbf, and (optionally) *.prj files into a *.zip file. Also note that data must be in GCS WGS84 or UTM projection. Raster layers are accepted as MIFzip or the commonly available MBTiles format.
Tips and Tricks
Get started quickly using objects, layers and basemaps. Below are some tips and tricks.
Use the device or a Bluetooth GPS to map points, lines and polygons or to place a geophoto. Simply use a quick tap on the appropriate icon on your device. You can also draw a point, line or polygon object by using a long press on the appropriate icon on your device or by clicking on the icon on the MapItFast web client.
The following file types can be uploaded as MapItFast objects: Shapefile, KMZ, or GPX.
Online and Offline Layers
The most convenient way to upload raster layers are as MBTiles image format. Many third party software programs are available for this including MapBox and CalTopo. Google MBTiles to learn more. These are brought into MapItFast the same way as vector layers described above. Raster layers are not supported in online mode.
Online and Offline Layers
For shapefiles, make sure that your data is in GCS WGS84 or UTM projection format. Zip the shp, shx and dbf files together. Include the prj file if it is available. KMZ files may be brought in directly. When using the a mobile device, save these files to your storage (preferably to your SD if available), select “Basemaps and Overlays” under the settings menu and follow instructions. When using the web mapping client, select the layers icon at the top and follow instructions. Vector layers are supported in online and offline mode. Access to individual online layers may also be controlled under user permissions.
Online and Offline Basemaps
MBTiles are an excellent way to build your own custom basemaps that can be use in online or offline mode. Many third party programs including MapBox and CalTopo are available for doing this. Simply Google “MBTiles” to learn more. MBTiles may be brought in directly in the same manner as layers described above. Like raster layers, basemaps are not supported in online mode but are available in offline mode once uploaded to a device’s storage (preferably an SD card).
Any map built in Esri’s ArcGIS may be converted to MBTiles format to use in MapItFast. This includes GeoPDF files that are uploaded into ArcGIS and converted to MBTiles. If you are interested in doing this, contact AgTerra for a converter tool.
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Do we have a “typical customer?” While a majority of our customers work in the natural resource industry, not everyone follows this norm. AgTerra takes pride in developing flexible products that fit into just about any role in any company. One such example is KW Three Peaks in Sheridan, Wyoming.
KW Three Peaks is a real estate agency owned and operated by real estate broker Bill Rapp. In 2015, Rapp was looking for a product that would help keep his client information organized and easily accessible in electronic format. AgTerra’s Strider product fit the bill.
With the help of fellow realtor Anne Feil, Rapp developed an arsenal of digital forms to document every step of his clients’ home buying and selling process. “We wanted reports that could auto-fill as well as forms that were easily accessible,” Feil said. The forms needed to be fillable on both a desktop platform as well as mobile platforms so that they could be used either in the office or at the client’s location.
Feil says that since KW Three Peaks started using Strider, their reports have been “clean, easy to read and the process is more organized.” When a new client walks in the door, Feil assigns them a Client ID in Strider. Because her forms are set up with form links, she is able to generate custom PDF reports that combine information from multiple forms using Client ID as the link between data. Feil says the form link feature gives her “the ability to print multiple reports without having to duplicate the same information multiple times.”
KW Three Peaks looks forward to growing their business and integrating more forms and reports as AgTerra further streamlines the forms and reporting process. “The AgTerra team is great to work with,” says Feil, “They are very responsive to our needs and address
changes that we need in a speedy manner. The products are top notch and have always been reliable.”
AgTerra is happy to support a customer who uses our products in such innovative ways. And when we’re asked if we have a typical customer, we say: No, and that’s how we like it!
See how it changed the game for Kris Kringle and his team of elves
You have to read this story to believe it!
When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, one of our customers starts gearing up for his busiest time of the year. Kris Kringle, president and CEO of North Pole Industries, is a veteran wintertime traveler. His job requires him to make millions of stops at millions of households on one night in December. While he always manages to accomplish the task, his old method of pen and paper just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
Kringle’s wife, Mrs. Kringle contacted AgTerra in 2016 after a particularly stressful season. “Kris always carried a clipboard with a list of his stops when he was on the road,” she recalls, “He was traveling through Casper, Wyoming, when a strong gust of wind ripped the clipboard from his hands. He had to make a special trip home just to get a new list, and that cost him precious time. He was out past the sunrise that year.”
When Kringle began using MapItFast in 2017, he wanted to see all possible delivery locations for the upcoming winter season on a map. To do this, he created a Data Dictionary on the website with the most common types of delivery stops: Good, Bad and Hazard.
Kringle then set up a group of seasonal users under monthly MapItFast and Strider accounts and equipped them all with mobile devices. He recalls of their training meeting: “It only took me a a few minutes to show them what to do. They learned about points, lines, polygons, the data dictionary and they were ready to roll.” During the spring and summer months, his team traveled the globe placing delivery markers in preparation for the big night in December.
It only took me a a few minutes to show [the elves] what they needed to do. They learned about points, lines, polygons, the data dictionary and they were ready to roll” – Kringle, on the MapItFast app
Hazards are inevitable in Kringle’s line of work. He needed a way to note dangerous situations for future reference while making deliveries. He used AgTerra’s Online Form Builder to create a quick and easy form for collecting the date, time, notes about the incident and the type of hazard encountered. To further integrate the form with MapItFast, Kringle also created an Active Map Trigger in Strider to automate the icons in his project.
Mrs. Kringle’s favorite part about MapItFast is the user location feature. “If I ever need to know where Kris is along his route, I can just jump on MapItFast,” she said. “I can also use it to estimate when he’ll be home.”
As North Pole Industries gears for for another big night, Kringle is confident he’s set for another successful season. “I’ve made my list and checked it twice,” he said, “and I know AgTerra is there to help when I need it.”
Minimizing Wildfire Risk with MapItFast and Strider
Teton Conservation District was established in 1946 to promote the conservation and stewardship of natural resources through local projects, partnerships, research, and education. The District boundaries encompass all of Teton County, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, and Wyoming’s portion of Yellowstone National Park. The District office is located in Jackson, Wyoming.
Robb Sgroi is the Land Resources Specialist for Teton Conservation District. He contacted AgTerra while searching for an efficient reporting solution for the Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. “The program includes field consultations with private landowners where we advise them on how to reduce wildfire risk on their property,” explains Sgroi. “After meeting with a landowner and developing an overview of conditions and voluntary recommendations, a written report is produced for the landowner. This serves as a basis for their future actions.”
Sgroi recalls the evaluation and reporting process before he began working with Strider forms and reports. “Transcribing field notes, referring to language from the written standards we utilize, and formatting pictures and graphics was cumbersome and time-consuming.” Because the process was so time-consuming, the program was limited in the quantity of clients it could serve each season. Since the implementation of Strider forms in the spring of this year, Sgroi said, “the use of this software allowed us to meet nearly every client’s request for service, which is an unpredictable workload. We produced over 60 overviews this year”
When asked about his future plans for the AgTerra software, Sgroi said, “In the future, we will continue to communicate with colleagues working with the public in fire prevention and wildfire risk reduction to offer the tools that we developed with AgTerra. We hope other entities can take the form we built and utilize and improve upon it in order to facilitate their work.”
AgTerra’s team has been outstanding to work with. Other entities highly recommended AgTerra to us, in part because of their customer service. AgTerra was instrumental in developing the first version of our Strider Form, from scratch. Our agency has made dozens of modifications to the Strider form over the past six months. AgTerra’s team has implemented these adjustments with a high degree of professionalism and cooperation. They have been dedicated to the success of our product.” – Robb Sgroi, Teton Conservation District
Watch the video below to see how the Wildfire Risk Reduction Program is being implemented in the Teton Conservation District.
Chris Skorupa has has been working with AgTerra for nearly a year and has already been making huge strides with the software. Skorupa is the president of Beartooth Fertilizer, a company based out of Roberts, Montana, that specializes in a wide variety of agriculture services from dry fertilizer sales and application to no till drill services and custom grass seed blends, plus much more. Because Skorupa’s company provides services to customers in both Montana and Wyoming, he utilizes maps to keep track of customers, crops, and applications.
Skorupa turned to AgTerra after an unfortunate computer crash led to the loss of map data he was previously keeping in Google Earth Pro. The switch to MapItFast gave him the ability to keep his data in a safe, centralized location while giving him the ability to access it from any desktop or mobile device.
Chris was kind enough to share his story with us, and we are exciting to pass it along to you. Read the full story below.
In 2015 the City of Richland Washington approached AgTerra in search of a system that was simple to use yet powerful enough to automatically track and generate reports about where they applied chemicals for their invasive species management program. They also needed a system that they could easily customize to meet the specific reporting requirements the state of Washington demanded.
After an initial investigation they discovered that SprayLogger powered by MapItFast was the only system that met all of their needs and moved forward with the purchase of several units. Shortly after installation they also discovered an unexpected benefit of using the SprayLogger product was their ability to also track the water usage from the city street sweeper program.
After several years of use Paul Pardini, a main operator over the SprayLogger program for the City of Richland, gave a testimonial expressing his satisfaction with the response time, quality of equipment and high level of customer service he has enjoyed.
Dicamba, a broad-spectrum herbicide is used to control annual and perennial rose weeds.
AgPro reports over one million acres of dicamba damage across the US. Improved training and understanding label requirements has made a difference, but it is still a big problem.
In studies by state departments of agricultural and University weed scientists, the number of complaints of dicamba damage in soybean growing states show that complaints have not seen much of a decrease in the last year.
There were some positive improvements due to training and changes in labeling, but overall the problem is not going away.
Not all states participated in the surveys, so the results only reflect investigations into those complaints that were reported.