AgriFly Becomes Lifeline to Ag Retailers During Crop Emergencies

[Walnut, Illinois April 23, 2018—] Ag retailers and farmers who find themselves in need of crop dusters during a crop emergency now have a new tool to protect crops from devastation.

AgriFlyNetwork is a network of 100+ qualified crop dusters spanning the U.S. who have the flexibility to provide “rescue applications” during crop emergencies.

Each season brings unique challenges to farmers. Wet fields, disease outbreaks, pest outbreaks, acreage consolidation, and aircraft breakdowns all drive demand for aerial applications. Finding a crop duster when all nearby aerial applicators are fully booked, or even held up, can leave ag retailers or farmers in a bind. AgriFlyNetwork provides a viable solution to these challenges by providing access to crop dusters from nearby regions where crop emergencies aren’t beingexperienced.

“Technology is changing the face of agriculture. Now those managing large acreages of crops aren’t left stranded during a crop emergency – they can choose from a number of qualified crop dusters based on very specific capabilities, including spray variation, GIS software, and aircraft type,” says Jeff Wagenknecht, founder of AgriFlyNetwork.

AgriFlyNetwork’s web-based software was created for receiving bids from aerial applicators, granting ag retailers or farmers access to 100+ crop dusters in a matter of minutes. Here’s how it works – retailers or farmers provide the specifics of their job including their time frame, acreage, and location, among other criteria. Meanwhile, pilots from across the region are notified of job specifics and may submit a bid for the job. The retailer or grower may review all bids and select one that meets their job’s specifications. Lastly, upon selecting a bid, ag retailers or farmers are prompted to contact the pilot to finalize the job and make payment arrangements.

“We’re excited about bringing new capabilities to those responsible for protecting large acreages of crops,” says Wagenknecht. “We have done a tour of farm shows over the past year that has led to meaningful conversation on how to best serve those who join and utilize the network, and we seek to continually improve the service.”

AgriFlyNetwork is providing free use of its service to ag retailers and farmers until December 31, 2018 as a way to encourage use of this innovative tech application. Wagenknecht says his family lives by the tenet that when a farmer does well, our community does well. AgriFlyNetwork intends to help ag retailers, farmers, and crop dusters protect crops for many seasons to come.

AgriFlyNetwork provides access to a network of 100+ crop dusters spanning the U.S. through the use of a web-based software geared for ag retailers or farmers in need of a qualified crop duster.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Jeff Wagenknecht at (815) 303-4633, or email jeffwag@agriflynetwork.com.

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