How Barcode Scanning Apps are Revolutionizing the Farming Industry
Barcodes and agriculture are not new, but they continue to find new ways to work together. Thanks to mobile app developers and barcode scanning SDKs, farmers are using barcoding technology to improve efficiencies within the supply chain such as:
- Monitoring yields
- Handling fresh produce
- Improving communication
- Enforcing accountability
In this post, we discuss some of the ways barcode scanning applications are transforming the agriculture industry.
Improving Efficiency within the Supply Chain
Today, more and more crops and livestock are assigned a unique barcode. These barcodes allow agriculture specialists using a smartphone or tablet to scan the barcode and monitor their inventory through specially designed harvest management software.
As produce is collected from fields and packaged, they are weighed and sorted for delivery. Each box can be affixed with a special barcode that contains vital information as to what specific plot of land the item grew. Over time, this data becomes invaluable for monitoring yields and mapping field boundaries. Farmers can identify high-performing and low-performing soil. In areas that produce lower yields, farmers can investigate soil richness, distribution of water, fertilizer, etc. and see if the issue can be rectified.
Handling Fresh Produce
Harvested goods such as fruits, vegetables, grain, and oats placed in bins can also be affixed with a barcode tag. At each point in the supply chain, the tag is scanned, which retrieves all relevant information such as yield date, origin, history, storage requirements, etc.
Mobile app developers can create apps that farmers can use to scan barcodes at the crop or cattle entrance points and receive up-to-date information. Real-time notifications can alert users at all the different points in the supply chain so they know exactly when harvesting of a particular farmed good is underway.
As farmed goods enter each stage of a supply chain, supply chain managers can enter additional information such as received date, quantity, quality, class, and so on. This allows everyone to monitor and track the harvesting, transportation, industrial equipment like the John Deere Tractors, and storage of goods.
Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK for Agriculture
Dynamsoft Barcode Reader (DBR) SDK is trusted by some of the largest growers and distributors in the food industry. DBR decodes barcodes from images, PDFs, and video streams as well as supports multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, Web, Raspberry Pi. For optimal results, developers can use customizable scan settings specifically for their use case, as well as use a variety of barcode-reading templates with pre-sets such as region, count, format, deblur level, anti-image level, and more.
Dynamsoft Barcode Reader
- Reads multiple barcodes in one image
- Supports various image file formats including JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, and PDF
- Supports single-page and multi-page PDF
- Detects barcodes at any orientation and rotation angle
- Decodes barcodes from out-of-focus, pixelated, damaged, or distorted images
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