Pocket Agronomist brings Machine Learning and AR to Agriculture

[prMac.com] Middleton, Wisconsin – Agricultural Intelligence today announces the availability of Pocket Agronomist on the iOS App Store, an application that uses convolutional neural networks and augmented reality to diagnose crop diseases and perform automated stand counts. Pocket Agronomist is currently free.

Pocket Agronomist is a crop scouting application designed to support growers, agronomists, field interns, and other agricultural professionals tasked with monitoring crop development and field conditions. The application uses augmented reality and convolutional neural networks to perform two common crop scouting tasks: stand counts and disease identification.

Unlike other crop scouting applications requiring manual data entry, form fill-outs, checklists or hierarchy trees, Pocket Agronomist automates the stand counting and disease identification processes, allowing you to simply point your iPhone or iPad camera at the crop and begin receiving insights.

In place of time-consuming manual measurements for plant distance, Pocket Agronomist makes gathering stand count statistics easy with the aid of augmented reality. You simply aim your camera at the ground near a plant and tap to locate it. As each plant is identified in a row, their real-world locations are tracked, shown in a live 3-D overlay on the camera feed, and the distances between them precisely measured. When done, the application automatically calculates the following stand count metrics: the total number of plants within the count, the average distance between each plant, the standard deviation of the count, the estimated plant population based on the count, and an estimated yield loss resulting from uneven spacing. These results can then be averaged with other stand counts from within the same field or sent to the appropriate parties for further reporting.

In addition to stand counts, Pocket Agronomist utilizes high-performance convolutional neural networks to diagnose and localize crop diseases from live camera video. Using leading edge object detection techniques, crop diseases are detected and diagnosed in real time when you point your device at a plant. You don’t have to line up for a perfect photo or upload anything to a server, a labeled box will be drawn around any disease detected in the live camera video. All analysis is performed on device and in real time, allowing the application to function in regions without data connectivity (a common situation with remote farm fields).

Currently, Pocket Agronomist is trained to identify 12 foliar corn diseases and man-made anomalies prevalent in the United States, including: Anthracnose Leaf Blight, Bacterial Leaf Streak, Common Rust, Eyespot, Goss’s Bacterial Wilt, Gray Leaf Spot, Northern Corn Leaf Blight, Northern Leaf Spot, Physoderma Brown Spot, Common Smut, Southern Rust and Urea Burn.

Device Requirements:
* iOS 10.0 or greater
* iPhone 5S, iPad Mini 2, iPad Air, iPod touch 6th generation or better for disease diagnosis
* iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro or better for augmented reality stand counts

Pricing and Availability:
Pocket Agronomist for iOS is available for free today on the iOS App Store in the Utilities category.Agricultural Intelligence
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Agricultural Intelligence is a joint venture between Perceptual Labs and Ag AI. Based in Middleton, WI, its focus is the development of mobile applications that apply leading-edge technologies to pressing agricultural problems. Drawing from significant experience in mobile machine learning, combined with deep backgrounds in agriculture, the company has been working with farmers, agronomists, and others to provide unique technological solutions to pressing problems. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2018 Agricultural Intelligence, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

###Brad Larson
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