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Facts About the Xarvio Scouting App


What is it?

Featuring instant photo recognition, the xarvio scouting app allows growers to more efficiently identify and map weed and disease threats in their fields so they can better manage crop health. The app is powered by advanced machine learning algorithms that continually improve precision and functionality through A.I. and data sharing. The app has a unique crowd-sourcing feature, potential disease threats can be identified before reaching your area.

What are the benefits?

Crop scouting is time-consuming and requires detailed knowledge. The scouting app removes these barriers, allowing more acres to be scouted by anyone with a smartphone and providing weed and disease information to growers collected in the nearby area. Thanks to crowd sourcing, crop health challenges worldwide can be better identified through an ever-growing database of weed and disease images collected by farmers and leading research partners across the globe.

How is it different from other apps?

Many apps in the agriculture marketplace are analogue based — users scroll through a catalogue of images searching for a match to their specific issue. By contrast, the xarvio scouting app features instant photo recognition of weed and disease threats. A unique crowd-sourcing feature coupled with machine learning technology, means that the app continually improves precision and functionality with use as an ever-growing database of images are collected by growers across Canada and the globe.

What is the impact?

By improving the rate and speed of threat identification, growers save time, effort and money. The xarvio scouting app helps growers to be more efficient in maintaining crop health and reallocate the time traditionally spent on scouting to other farm priorities.

Is this a global tool?

Now available in Canada, the scouting app was launched in Europe in November 2017 and is operational in 90 countries worldwide with over 58,000 users. The app has amassed a database of 150,000 weed and disease images and is on track to add an additional 100,000 images this year. Farmers and leading research partners across the globe — including three influential partners in Canada: University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, and the nonprofit organization, Farming Smarter in Alberta — contribute to this ever-growing image database. This app is also available in the U.S.

How do I download?

Download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play, no subscription required.