AgTerra’s Timeline

AgTerra Through the Years

Our Story
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Our Story

The month of March marks a new year for AgTerra. Fifteen years have come and gone, and now we’re on our 16th year! What better way to celebrate than with a trip down memory lane?  As a company that has always been rooted in the technology world, AgTerra has had its fair share of successes and failures, both of which has made the company what it is today. Whether it was developing a new reporting system or upgrading components on our hardware, each accomplishment and stumbling block was driven by a single commitment:

To help customers solve problems, both in the field and in the office.

 

 

2003

The Beginnings

AgTerra was started in March 2003 by Alan Telck. The office was based out of an old sugar mill in Sheridan, Wyoming.

(Our very first logo!)

2004

New Connections

AgTerra became an ESRI partner, paving the way for software and hardware collaboration with GIS data collection solutions. At the time, ArcPad devices were being used by AgTerra’s customers to collect spatial data for their AgTrac systems.

 

 

 

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New Faces

Joe Campbell also came on the team in 2004 as one of AgTerra’s first full-time programmers. Joe is celebrating his 15-year work anniversary this year!

2006

Adventures with WriteTEQ

In early 2006, AgTerra introduced WriteTEQ as an innovative solution for customers to digitally preserve notes taken in the field.

The WriteTEQ system consisted of a specially designed pen that recorded microdots on a paper form. At the end of the day, the pen was placed in a dock that transferred the data to a computer where the data then had to be verified before it was transferred to the user’s desired database system.

Although the system performed well on many accounts, the verification process was time-intensive and ultimately led to the discontinuation of WriteTEQ in 2013.

 

 

2009

SprayLogger Makes its Debut

The original SprayLogger boxes read off of a turbine flow sensor and required a keypad for entering applicator, equipment, target and tank mix information. A data shuttle was used to transfer spray data between the box and a computer. It sounds like a lot of work to us now!

 

 

2012

Easier Mapping with MapItFast

GIS mapping software had made great strides over the years, however it was still quite cumbersome and complicated for field personnel. Taking feedback from customers and colleagues, AgTerra  set out to develop a truly easy-to-use mapping solution. In 2012, MapItFast was born.

 

2012 cont’d

Forms Go Digital

The discontinuation of WriteTEQ led to the release of AgTerra’s new Strider Forms and Reporting system. Users could now fill out forms on a mobile device and send the data directly to a database.

Strider was initially developed as a standalone product, but as more and more customers discovered the value of MapItFast, AgTerra realized that merging the mapping element with Strider forms would create a truly powerful field data collection system.

Today, Strider and MapItFast provide the all-in-one package that customers have come to rely on for all of their spatial and tabular data collection needs.

2013

End of the Turbine Era

Original SprayLogger boxes used turbine flow sensors, which were prone to sticking and malfunctions. In 2013, AgTerra moved to electromagnetic flow sensors made by Sika, which not only eliminated sticking issues caused by the mechanical turbine but also resulted in more accurate flow readings. Electromagnetic flow sensors are still used with today’s SprayLogger boxes.

 

 

 

2015

Making Moves

AgTerra moved out of the sugar beet facility and into a new office building on Memorial Day 2015. The team is still enjoying their new “digs,” which are located within walking distance of historic downtown Sheridan, Wyoming.

Actual view from Google Maps – logo added for authenticity!

 

2017

Expanding the Product Line

AgTerra introduced two new hardware products in 2017: SprayLogger Backpack and SnapMapper.

The backpack version of SprayLogger was a small box designed to be carried with applicators doing spot spray work in the field. It was designed to track the low flow rates and smaller chemical amounts typically associated with backpack applications.

SnapMapper was initially developed for use on harvest equipment, however due to its universal functionality, it was ultimately marketed as a quick and easy mapping solution for a wide array of applications. The SnapMapper product can map points and lines using a switch or trigger on any piece of equipment.

2018

Making the Best Better

Last year saw tons of new developments in AgTerra’s software and hardware, including a FoggerLogger unit for mosquito abatement application, an easy online form builder for Strider and a new user interface for the SprayLogger website.

 

Today

Sixteen Years and Going Strong

AgTerra continues to work every day to create solutions for our customers. Here’s to another sixteen years!

Christmas Photo 2018
Alan Telck (far left) loves Christmas photos almost as much as he loves his coffee!

16 Years of Digital Reporting and Mapping

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Sixteen Years Aiding Natural Resource Professionals in the Field

Technology looked a lot different sixteen years ago. The Internet was still in its infancy, Facebook did not exist and mobile computers were primitive. When AgTerra Technologies started in 2003, the company’s primary product was AgTrac, a record-keeping application designed specifically for ag-based customers. Users relied on slow, clunky Windows Pocket PC and ArcPad devices to collect information in the field and data was uploaded through SD cards.

Tablets and smartphones have evolved significantly over the last ten years, however the concept gathering accurate data while users are on-site has not changed. AgTerra’s developments have always been guided by customer needs and experiences. It is why the company currently leads the way in simplifying mapping on mobile devices and eliminating the work and mistakes involved with uploading, accessing and collaborating with data. AgTerra’s SprayLogger hardware and software system has become recognized as the best pesticide record-keeping system available for pesticide applicators and vegetation managers.

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The First Steps

In the search for solutions to simplify field data collection, AgTerra came across a product that merged both traditional and futuristic data collection in what looked like a fairly ordinary pen. This pen marked the beginning of a data collection solution dubbed WriteTEQ. Specialized pens were used with paper forms printed with “microdots,” tiny dots indiscernible to the naked eye. Users would fill out forms and then place the pen in a dock at the end of the day where the data would be transferred to a computer.

While exciting in concept, WriteTEQ posed some challenges for field users and office employees alike. The data transfer process did not always go smoothly and what data did come through required additional verification to ensure that all handwriting was accurately converted to digital format. These downfalls, paired with the expense of costly pens and fees involved with licensing, led to the eventual phasing out of WriteTEQ.

WriteTEQ pens converted handwritten words to digital text.
WriteTEQ pens converted handwritten words to digital text.

Mapping a Better Way

Field surveys and observations in agriculture and natural resources are nearly always associated to an object that can be mapped, such as a field boundary, roadway, or the location of a new weed. But electronic mapping can be data-intensive and difficult for many people to learn. Understanding its importance in the industry and the demand for easy-to-use tools, AgTerra began developing its own mapping software in the late 2000s and launched the release of MapItFast in 2012. MapItFast made it possible to use a single tap to GPS the locations of objects onto a map.

At the same time, a better way to collect attributes or data on mapped objects to upload into databases was needed. WriteTEQ developments were re-purposed to mobile devices and Strider, the forms and reporting system customers know today, was born. AgTerra continues to develop these core products alongside the rapidly-changing landscape of mobile and cloud-based data collection. Developments include seamless data syncing across web and mobile devices, emailable and printable PDF reports, GIS and tabular data export options, REST API support for third party databases, and integrated datalogging hardware. For the field user, it all starts with “One Tap to Map”!

SprayLogger: A Game Changer for Pesticide Record-keeping

Before long, AgTerra found its customer base growing from solely ag-based clients to other businesses and agencies working in the natural resource industry. Pesticide applicators found MapItFast particularly suitable for weed mapping but wondered if there might be any way to automate spray application mapping and records automated on spray rig operations.  AgTerra’s developers accepted the challenge and introduced SprayLogger as a record-keeping system specifically for weed and pest applicators.

SprayLogger uniquely combined hardware and software and gave pesticide applicators a way to simplify digital record-keeping and accountability for their yearly spray jobs.  The early SprayLogger boxes were large and cumbersome to install; requiring several additional accessories to work correctly.  Applicators had to use a special keypad for entering applicator, tank mix and target pest information and a separate GPS unit to gather location data.  When a spray job was completed, applicators used a “data shuttle” to manually transfer spray jobs to the computer.

While the technology wasn’t perfect, weed and pest operations soon discovered SprayLogger added a whole new level of capability to their operations, reducing tedious record-keeping and allowing more time for spraying.  “More Spray Time and Less Desk Time!”  It didn’t take long for word to spread across Wyoming, neighboring states, and eventually across the US as well as Canada.

Increased demand lead to improvements to the system.  The SprayLogger system has had numerous improvements since it first made its debut in 2009. Some notable enhancements include the ability to automatically sync spray data to a cloud-based database, ability to map and record multiple booms, and a more streamlined box and integration with MapItFast and Strider. The full list of improvements is simply too long to list here! Check out all the features on on current E3B model.

Today, SprayLogger works on any spray rig on the market today, from trucks, ATVs, hy-rail equipment and even backpacks.  See this comparison chart for more information on SnapMapper, FoggerLogger, and Backpack Lite.

We Couldn't Have Done This Without You

From the beginning, our mission has been to provide our customers with powerful, affordable, efficient solutions for mapping and data collection while focusing on ease of use and delivering extraordinary customer service. None of this would have been possible without the relationship we have built with our customers and the feedback we receive.

To all of our customers, thank you for working with us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. For those of you who are not yet part of the AgTerra story, give us a call. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.

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SprayLogger 2019 Improvements

Introducing the 2019 SprayLogger E3B

The 2018 SprayLogger E3B was a giant leap in technology for the spray application industry. AgTerra has continued this innovation by listening to our customers and implementing improvements that make our latest box even easier to use. See what’s new in the 2019 SprayLogger E3B:

      • Increased fault tolerance to electrical spikes up to 48 volts
      • Vehicle direct power capable (no need for a power inverter)
      • Power out boom ports for manual shutoff valves and handgun spraying
      • Metered flow ports for micro-injection tanks
      • Ad hoc tank mix creation by applicators from the app
      • Multi-tank volume countdown or count-up in app
      • Application volume adjustment from the app

With these new enhancements, installation of a new SprayLogger E3B is easier than ever. Applicators will also be excited to learn they can now switch between counting up or counting down chemical usage, that they can create custom tank mixes in-app, and that they can even add volume adjustments to their reports. All of these improvements have been made at the suggestions of the men and women who use AgTerra products.

In-App Ad Hoc Tank Mix Window

2019 SprayLogger E3B Improvements

FeatureNotes
Internal 48 Volt Auto-Reset FuseIncreased fault tolerance against electrical spikes
12V Automotive System CompliantSprayLoggers may now be powered directly from vehicle power and no longer require a power inverter
Power Out Boom PortsDecreases external wiring requirement to vehicle power for manual shutoff valves and handgun spray detection
Metered Flow PortsCalibrated flow ports for micro-injection tank systems
Ad Hoc Tank MixApplicators may create custom tank mixes from the app
Volume CountdownChemical usage may be viewed as volume count up or countdown
Field Gallon AdjustmentApplicators may adjust gallon usage report from field

2018 SprayLogger E3B : A Giant Leap Forward

If you still haven’t made the jump yet to the new SprayLogger E3B system, the time is now! Introduced in 2018, AgTerra made massive improvements to SprayLogger with the release of the E3B. Proven and field tested for over a year on thousands of jobs on and off road, the SprayLogger E3B is the most reliable and comprehensive pesticide application monitoring system on the market at a fraction of the cost of our competitors.  Some of the 2018 updates include:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy

AgTerra continually strives to bring the very best products to the pesticide application industry. With SprayLogger you can:

  • Automatically generate detailed pesticide application maps and reports showing spray and no-spray tracks with complete job application details
  • Determine exact pesticide usage reports for any given location
  • View boom section spray pattern area for one or many boom sections while spraying to avoid overlap and skips
  • Calculate total acres sprayed and distance covered on every job
  • Export, or automatically integrate with any GIS based software
  • Keep all jobs in one central location with nothing to manually transfer

To learn more about SprayLogger and what it can do for your operation, please click here.

FoggerLogger: A SprayLogger Solution for Mosquito Abatement

FoggerLogger from AgTerra is the ULV fogging, mapping and reporting solution that works side-by-side with your existing equipment. Recording a job is incredibly easy. FoggerLogger gives applicators the power to create jobs right from the field in seconds, increasing productivity and saving office staff valuable time. All application details are automatically tracked along with a map created showing every detail of the application. All jobs are securely available in your private online account for viewing, exporting and printing when you pull into the shop. Paper reporting is eliminated and you are able to retrieve and share permanently stored jobs with others immediately or at a later date.

Some hardware specifications for FoggerLogger are:

  • Powerful Bluetooth chip for strong connections
  • Memory backup via a dedicated on-board drive
  • Over-the-air firmware updates
  • Internal component protection against outside electrical surges
  • Direct power port for power directly from vehicle
  • High data capture accuracy via a 1.2GHz quad core processor and dedicated RAM
  • Manufactured in the USA in a ISO900 rated facility with an IP65 rating for high vibration, water resistance, dust resistance and durability for an extended life expectancy
  • Field testing for over a year on thousands of jobs

For more information about FoggerLogger, please click here.

Get the most advanced pesticide record keeping system on the market.

Call AgTerra TODAY to get started at (307) 673-1050.

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AgTerra Training Webinars

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AgTerra Academy Online Webinars

AgTerra experts conducted online tutorials earlier this year covering the basic principles and best practices for MapItFast, Strider and SprayLogger.  For those who missed the webinars, we’ve made the videos available below.  If we missed a topic, look for it in the online help guides and let us know so we can make a note of covering it in the future.

MapItFast Basics – Webinar held January 9, 2019

The MapItFast Basics webinar covered topics to help new users get going quickly.  We also touched on the features of using specialized icons, forms and naming conventions as well as basic management of data on in the web mapping client.

  • How to create projects, organize and load them on the desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to create, load and download projects on the mobile versions of MapItFast
  • How to map points, lines, polygons and geo-photos on the mobile app and desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How edit mapped objects on the mobile app and desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to attach Strider forms to objects for collecting advanced attributes and information on the mobile app and desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to mass select, edit, copy and or move mapped objects on the desktop versions of MapItFast
  • How to load custom icons in MapItFast
  • How to create data dictionaries in the desktop version of MapItFast

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

MapItFast Basics Training Webinar Materials

password: 1tap2map

Strider Basics – Webinar held January 30, 2019

This webinar covered AgTerra’s new drag-and-drop form builder for Strider. Tailored to account administrators, this course reviewed the following Strider topics:

  • How to create a simple form using the new form builder
  • How to view forms on the website and app
  • How to modify forms
  • How to create a simple PDF report
  • How to create an active map trigger
  • How to search form data
  • How to export form data to Excel format

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

Strider Basics Training Webinar Materials

password: 1tap2map

SprayLogger Basics – Webinar held February 20, 2019

This webinar course will covered the basic SprayLogger topics that help administrators set up a new account and get applicators trained quickly on recording a spray job.

  • SprayLogger Administration
    • Set up Equipment
    • Set up Chemicals and Tank Mixes
    • Set up Targets
    • Set up Applicators
  • Android App Use
    • Start and Stop Jobs in App
  • Maps and Reporting
    • Quick Job View in MapItFast
    • Generate a Report
    • Export a Map
    • Export a CSV

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

SprayLogger Basics Training Materials

password: 1tap2map

SprayLogger Advanced Concepts – Webinar held March 20, 2019

SprayLogger is a powerful tool that, with the right setup and preparation, can save applicators a ton of time both in the field and in the office. This webinar showed how to harness that power through correct setup and use of the SprayLogger system and covered the following topics:

  • How to use the summary by date tool
  • How to use the summary by customer tool
  • How to upload Kestrel weather data
  • How to upload GPX files
  • How to merge jobs and applications
  • How to export jobs for import into MapItFast
  • How to make a Strider form SprayLogger ready and attach it to an application

A recording of this webinar and presentation materials can be accessed here:

SprayLogger Advanced Training Materials

password: 1tap2map

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June 2018: The Buzz on Mosquitoes and More

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June 2018: The Buzz on Mosquitoes and More

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May 2018: How to Map Like a Ninja

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May 2018: How to Map Like a Ninja

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April 2018: Dinosaurs Need to Be Extinct

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April 2018: Dinosaurs Need to Be Extinct

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March 2018: Spring into the Mapping Season

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March 2018: Spring into the Mapping Season

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January 2018: Mapping During a Blizzard

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January 2018: Mapping During a Blizzard

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AgTerra December 2017 Announcement Newsletter

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AgTerra December 2017 Announcement Newsletter

From:AgTerra Technologies, Inc. <solutions@agterra.com>
Subject:Thinking of Spraying Over the Holidays?
Preheader:SprayLogger can help
Reply:solutions@agterra.com
AgTerra, 
If recording and reporting this year’s spray jobs is cutting into your holiday R & R, maybe it’s time to consider a more accurate and efficient system. Whether you’re still using pen and paper or a cumbersome double-entry reporting system, SprayLogger can transform the way you work. From first-time users to seasoned veterans, AgTerra’s latest SprayLogger enhancements improve and simplify pesticide application record-keeping. Our rugged datalogger pairs perfectly with user-friendly software that simplifies the field work and makes paperwork a breeze for anyone. Read how the City of Casper put SprayLogger to work and how you can too!
In This Issue

The Amazing SprayLogger E3
Learn about the latest advancements AgTerra has made to the 2018 SprayLogger E3.

SprayLogger Website Gets a Makeover
Our redesigned user interface makes the SprayLogger website even easier to use.

Share Your Data with Confidence
Permissions are the key to sharing data in your account. See how to apply permissions in SprayLogger and MapItFast.

City of Casper: Making Strides with SprayLogger
See how one Wyoming city improved department efficiency with AgTerra’s mapping and spray tracking products.

Six Reasons Why the SprayLogger E3 Should Be on Your Wish List SLFeatures
  1. Compact and Rugged – The new E3 is a smaller IP65 rated enclosure designed to withstand water, dust and vibration.
  2. Fast and Reliable – quad-core processor with on-board memory to eliminate any dropped jobs if Bluetooth connection is lost.
  3. Accurate – New programming to identify and eliminate false-positive spray.
  4. Flexible – Multi-flow sensor recording for jobs when more than one application tank mix is used.
  5. Simple – Internal relays and pre-assembled cable extensions for easier installation.
  6. Tough – Each box is manufactured in an ISO 9001-certified manufacturing and design facility right here in the U.S.
Don’t wait until the last minute. Get your 2018 SprayLogger unit while they are in stock and ready to ship!
 
 Current customers can get special discounts on the trade-in of their used SprayLogger units.

SprayLogger Website Gets a MakeoverWebsite
In the late fall of 2018, AgTerra launched a streamlined redesign of the SprayLogger website. Now, it’s easier than ever for customers to setup spray rigs, export spray data and generate reports from spray jobs using any web browser.
We are still adding improvements. Keep an eye out for additional features in early 2018. New features will include a SprayLogger setup wizard and an optional, customizable reporting dashboard giving you the latest stats on all your spray jobs.
As a reminder for our current customers, if you have a bookmark in your Internet browser for the old SprayLogger website, you may need to update it for the new website.

Tips and Tricks: SprayLogger and MapItFastpermissions
When it comes to your data, it’s important to make sure you have the correct permissions in place for viewing, editing, and sharing purposes. Our MapItFast and SprayLogger systems are each designed with unique permission settings that allow for customized sharing of data between both employees and clients.
 
Through the SprayLogger website, administrators can set up free client user logins that allow for the end user to view and export data and reports for specific projects.
Click the video below to see how to set up a Spraylogger client.
How to set up a SprayLogger client
To keep MapItFast data secure, account administrators can manage projects in a way that allows users to only view or edit the map data for which they have access.

Click the video to see how to copy MapItFast objects and apply permissions to a new project.

 

City of Casper:  

Pen and Paper Free for Seven Months (and Counting)

 Casper

Before April of this year, Jim Gerhart and his weed and pest department at the City of Casper, Wyoming, were using paper forms to track their spray applications. “We were looking for a solution that would ease the amount of paperwork that the spray crews had to fill out and the end of the day,” he recalls.
The initial system setup and testing required Gerhart to work closely with our SprayLogger experts to make sure his equipment was ready for the season. “AgTerra has been great in terms of customer support and handling questions through phone or email,” he said.
Utilizing both SprayLogger E3 and SprayLogger Backpack units, Gerhart was able to improve efficiency and accuracy of spray jobs completed across the city in the 2017 spray season. In the peak of the spray season, Gerhart had five applicators using the SprayLogger system. He also shared a SprayLogger unit with an employee in the city’s athletic department for spray applications on the athletic fields. “It was a little bit of a learning curve for him to get used to the equipment,” said Gerhart, “but he caught on quick.”
2017 Field of Dreams spray job completed by the City of Casper’s athletic department.
The ability to report and export spray data made the system a valuable tool for sharing spray job information across departments. Not only was Gerhart able to replace pen and paper for spray job reports; the data he collected could also be exported to shapefile format for use in the city’s GIS system.
Looking to the future, Gerhart feels that the MapItFast and SprayLogger products would be beneficial in other departments, including the golf course, cemetery, wastewater and Casper Public Utilities divisions. “If budgets improve,” he says, “I would like to expand our system to allow automatic boom selection by adding more ports to our control boxes. I would also like to outfit more sprayers with the product.”

 

To learn more about SprayLogger or any of AgTerra’s products, phone us at 307-673-1050 or email us and ask for a live demo.
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