Helping Farmers Be More Productive
With precision agriculture, commodity crops can be farmed profitably. Precision agriculture starts with automatically and accurately steering farm equipment to prevent overlap, reduce input, labor, and equipment costs, and increase yields. The Wheelman autosteering products are designed to bring low-cost, simple-to-use autosteering to all farms, helping farmers increase productivity and maximize their ROI. By attaching a Wheelman to the tractor’s steering column or steering wheel, it takes over the steering with precision accuracy. AgJunction enrolled MentorMate to build the Whirl app, a user-friendly mobile app that provides the brains behind these impressive Wheelman products.
A New Approach to Farming From The Ground Up
We worked with AgJunction’s team to design and develop the Whirl app, the brains behind the Wheelman autosteering products. The Whirl app is revolutionary in Precision Ag, as it allows farmers to use their existing iOS or Android smart devices (phone, tablet, etc.) as the display, eliminating the need to buy a custom display, which can easily cost up to $8,000. Whirl is packed with easy-to-use features, from quickly setting up and calibrating a vehicle profile, including implement profiles, to creating an auto-steering path (straight A-B line, A+ heading, contoured, or pivot point) and saving it in the Whirl app for future use. The farmer can quickly select any saved path in Whirl and engage the Wheelman system to accurately autosteer the tractor along the path.
Staying Nimble To Meet Tight Deadlines
Since we were involved with the project from the beginning, we designed and developed everything from scratch. Beginning with early planning sessions with AgJunction’s marketing and engineering teams, we presented design concepts and wireframes complete with screen content and a logical flow. Once all parties were on the same page, we began development, following the project road map and an aggressive timeline. Throughout the entire process, the teams from both AgJunction and MentorMate remained nimble to adhere to that tight timeline.