Threat ID Diagnoses Field Problems with a Camera Snap

Moldy corn ears ( Darrell Smith )

With a smartphone, farmers and crop scouts can identify pest, disease and crop deficiencies using a new mobile tool from Pioneer. Part of the Pioneer Seeds App, the new, free Threat ID function uses photos to immediately identify issues.

Powered by Plantix, the photos are used in an algorithm that observes patterns left behind by pests, disease and deficiencies for identification. The immediate nature of the identification can boost scouting efficiency and farmer ability to react to problems as quickly as possible.

“Threat ID, as part of the Pioneer Seeds App, empowers growers to make more rapid and informed decisions regarding issues they see while walking their fields,” said Jeremy Groeteke, U.S. Pioneer digital ag lead. “With the ability to effectively identify crop issues, growers can more easily leverage the Pioneer agronomy team to its full capacity to get treatment recommendations that help maximize seed investment and protect yield potential.”

The tool’s modeling technology can be used in 30 different crops, including corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat. The current catalog, though it’s constantly growing, includes 20 million photos that span the entire life cycle of crops. Therefore, Pioneer says it can provide accurate results throughout the growing season.

Threat ID asks farmers and scouts to upload photos via data or when internet connection is available. The app is available for iPhone and Android users for free through the App Store or Google Play.

“Adding Threat ID to the Pioneer Seeds App is a result of a strong collaboration between Corteva Agriscience and Plantix,” Groeteke added.