Soil Sampling

Agworld Sampling

Agworld Sampling

Agworld Sampling is included as part of every Agronomist Plus subscription – there are no additional charges to use this feature. Agworld Sampling can be accessed by agronomists on the Agworld website by accessing the Sample Collection page, found under the workflow tab.

The Agworld Sampling app is used by the soil collector to collect and submit the sample. It’s free to download and use and can be found on the iTunes store.

Creating Soil Collection Jobs

Creating Soil Collection Jobs with Agworld Sampling

The Agworld website is used to create soil collection jobs and to review soil sample results. The Agworld Sampling app is used by the soil collector to get to the soil sample spot and take the sample. 

All the tools to create, managed and report on sample collection jobs can be found on the Agworld website by hovering over the workflow tab and choosing Sample Collection from the dropdown menu. Here's how:

 

Step 1: Creating Sample Jobs

To get started first head to the Soil Collection feature by logging into the Agworld website, hovering over the workflow tab and choosing Sample Collection from the dropdown menu. 

Point and grid soil collection jobs are created from the sample collection index. First select a client and then click the add new button to create a new soil collection job. Once you choose the season that the sample results will be most relevant for, you will be prompted to select the paddocks you want to sample.

 

Step 2: Assigning the Job

After you have selected the paddocks to be sampled, click next and choose who is going to be taking the samples and what date they should be collected on. The job can be assigned to your company or the farm company if someone at the farm is going to be collecting the samples. If you know who is going to be taking the sample, you can also assign it to an individual user within the selected company, otherwise leave it blank.

As long as the soil collector has an Agworld account (free or paid) they can download the Agworld Sampling app and take the sample.


If you would like to assign jobs to a third party company, first give us a call on (08) 6230 2290 and we’ll be able to help set up the right connections.

 

Step 3: Choosing Where to Sample

The paddocks that you selected will be listed just below the collector details section.

You can manually set the locations you would like sampled, leave it up to the sampler, or, if you have sampled this field previously, you can import the previous locations into this job.
The points you set will be visible to the sampler on their iPad when they are collecting the sample.

 

Step 4: Adding Testing Details

As Agworld is working to develop seamless integrations with all Australian soil testing labs, you can expect new labs to be added regularly. If an integration exists, their name will appear in the Choose Lab dropdown menu. 

After selecting a lab, you can add multiple sample depths and test suites as well as comments that will be visible to the sampler on their iPad. If the lab is listed, all the information the lab needs to complete the analysis will be automatically sent to the lab as soon as the collection job is completed.

If the lab you intend to use is not yet listed, you can choose the “My lab is not available option”.  This option allows you to use the entire sampling workflow, including taking the samples using the Agworld app, but requires that you forward the sample information to the lab yourself and manually upload the results you receive back from the lab (usually provided in excel format).  Once the sample has been taken and submitted, all you need to do is forward the email we send you to the lab and let them know what tests you want.

 

Step 5: Set the Job Status

The last thing you need to do is to send the job to the sampler's iPad once you are ready for it to be collected. To do this, change the job's status to "Ready to Collect".


Once the samples have been taken, the job’s status will change to submitted to lab.  When the results are received, the status will change to “lab analysis complete” and you will be notified by email. 

The Agworld Sampling App

Using the Agworld Sampling App

The Agworld Sampling app is available for the iPad and is designed to make it as easy as possible for the sampler to get to the right spot in the paddock and take the sample. No in field recording or paperwork is required, just take the sample and scan the bag.

The Agworld Sampling app will work best on iPad which GPS and mobile/3g enabled hardware. If you have a WiFi only iPad, the App will still work, but you will have to set the collection point location manually while out in the field. 

 

Download the Sampling App

The Agworld Sampling App is available in theiTunes storeby following this linkon your device, otherwise search the apps store for Agworld Sampling will bring up the app. 

When prompted, allow the app to access your location to enable location services. This will enable Agworld sampling to access your GPS hardware, making recording a sample's location a lot easier.

 

Signing into the Agworld Sampling app

Sign in to the app using your existing Agworld username (email) and password.  If you cannot remember your password, log into my.agworld.com.au, choose the “I can’t access my account option” and follow the prompts.

 

Viewing your jobs

Upon login, any jobs assigned to your company and are in the “Ready to Collect” status will be visible on the landing page. If you would like to see only the jobs assigned to you, tap the “all assigned users” at the bottom left of the screen and choose your name from the list.

If there are jobs that you think are missing please check the following:

  1. Ensure that the either yourself or the job creator has placed the job is in the “Ready to Collect” status
  2. The job is assigned to you or your company 
  3. You are logged into the correct account
  4. The todo tab on the bottom left is highlighted (not Done)

  

Getting to the Sample Site

Tap on the job you want to get to, then tap “Get directions to this job”.

As long as you have a 3G enabled iPad (no sim required) you'll get turn-by-turn directions to guide you to the paddock.  Once at the paddock, follow the blue location dot to the exact sample location denoted by the white circle.

 

Taking the Soil Sample

Grab a handful of barcoded bags and hit the "Green Start Sampling" button on the top right of the page. Once you are in the vicinity of a sample location (denoted by a white circle), hit the green add button. 

The camera will automatically switch on and scan any barcode that enters its viewfinder. Once scanned, take the sample as per normal.

If there are multiple depths, you will need to repeat the scanning process for each depth.

 

Taking Additional Samples

You can take any number of additional samples.  You are not restricted in any way from taking as many samples, from any location within the boundaries of the paddock, just make sure that each sample has an unique barcode.

 

Submit and Sync the soil collection job

Once you have taken the required samples, tap the submit button to finalise the job and queue it to be sent to the lab.

Once you have mobile signal or are back in range, make sure to hit the sync button to send the job details to the lab.

Barcodes , Barcode Scanning and Agworld Sampling

Using Barcodes with Agworld Sampling

Agworld highly recommends using barcoded bags when collecting samples. Barcodes are quicker and simpler for everyone involved and will reduce the risk of typo’s or transcription errors when recording the sample's location.

In addition, labs which scan barcodes as part of their receival process require the barcodes to be unique for every sample. Two sample bags arriving with ‘homepaddock1” as a manually entered identifier is going to cause a problem when it comes to differentiating samples. 

In most cases, labs will provide barcoded bags, if not, barcodes can be generated and printed onto address labels. 

Contact Agworld Support if you'd like an allocation of unique barcodes which you can print and place on sample bags. 

With Agworld Sampling, Barcodes DO NOT need to be assigned ahead of time, simply take the sample, scan the bag and send it off.  We’ll look after the record keeping.

Managing Collection Jobs

Managing Collection Jobs

There are a variety of tools and functions available on the Sample Collection Index to make managing your jobs quick and easy:

Using the bulk actions tool

Bulk actions are a great way to speed up performing the same action across multiple jobs. To do bulk actions across multiple jobs, simply select the jobs you want to change via the tick boxes on the left and then choose the desired action by clicking the bulk action button near the top of the page. The following bulk actions available are:

  • Assign
  • Set due dates
  • Set as ready for collection
  • Set as not ready for collection
  • Set as complete
  • Delete
  • Download lab results as PDF

 

Setting collection jobs status as ready to collect

After you have created a soil collection job the job won't be automatically send to the soil collector's iPad. This is to act as a safe guard to prevent samples being collected before you are ready for them to be collected. When you are ready for the sample to be collected, you'll need to change the job's status to "Ready to Collect".

Jobs can be set to ready / not ready using the action cog to the right of the page or by selecting multiple jobs, clicking the bulk actions button at the top of the page and choosing the set at ready / not ready option.

Jobs set to Ready will be visible on the assigned sampler’s iPad. 

 

Viewing a job's history

To see when a job’s status has changed, click on the action cog on the far right of the page and choose “view job history”.  

 

Filtering the jobs shown

To help you search for specific job(s) there are filters available on the Sample Collection Jobs page. You can filter the jobs you view by job id, job status, assigned company/ user and due date.

 

Editing a soil collection job

Jobs in the Not Ready or the Ready to Collect status can be edited by choosing the edit option from the action cog on the far-right hand side of the row.

 

Deleting a job

Jobs in the Not Ready or the Ready to Collect status can be deleted by choosing the delete option from the action cog on the far-right hand side of the page. A bulk delete option is also available by first selecting the jobs you'd like to delete and then clicking the bulk action button at the top of the page.

Viewing Sampling Results

Reviewing your sample results in Agworld

A range of reporting options are available from the action cog on the right.  Results can be downloaded as a .pdf, spreadsheet or as a shape file.  

 

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Results are also available from the planning page and are reportable from the custom reporting tool. 

 

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FAQ

Who can use the Agworld Sampling app?

Anyone with an Agworld account can use the Agworld Sampling app. Agworld accounts can be created at https://au.agworld.co/signup