Cloud-based crop protection guide drops pay wall

An online service allowing Canada’s farmers to quickly look up treatment data for any treatable crop pest problem has brought  a substantial chunk of its offerings out from behind the pay wall.

Guelph-based The Savvy Farmer Inc. on Tuesday announced the launch of Savvy Farmer lite, a free version of its Savvy Farmer software.

The “lite” version will allow growers and ag pest control professionals access to data including:

  • listings of all products that control any weed, insect or disease in any of over 750 Canadian-grown crops;
  • access to those products’ labels “within seconds;” and
  • photos of “over 1,000” pests, including weeds, insects, crop-eating wildlife and — in the forms of their symptoms — crop diseases.

The new service “was created in response to farmers who want quick and easy access to pest control information but do not feel they need the added features within the full Savvy Farmer paid software,” Savvy Farmer president Warren Libby said in a release.

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