Agronomic data collection, management, and analysis: an overview of the MobiLeaf system
The collection of farm-level agronomic information is not new to the tobacco industry, however over the last 10 years the amount and level of detail being collected has significantly increased. Many programs designed to measure farmer adherence to sustainable farming practices require on-farm monitoring on numerous aspects of the farm and farmer – from training to seedling production to CPA applications to curing fuel, and more. Capturing hundreds of data points on each farmer requires a system that can facilitate data collection in a timely manner, allows for the management of large data sets, and provides analytic tools to show status and progress on each measurable. The tobacco industry is now in the era of Big Data.
With the large volume of agronomic data being collected in many tobacco operations today, utilizing electronic based systems and tools proves to be the most effective and efficient means to capture and manage data. There are various systems in place around the world to capture agronomic data, however this presentation will provide an overview of MobiLeaf, a global system specifically designed to capture tobacco agronomic related data at the farm level. The presentation will outline some of the hardware, software, and supporting tools utilized in the MobiLeaf system.