10 Handy Farm Apps

October 15, 2012 10:25 PM
10 Handy Farm Apps

Make your job easier with these useful mobile tools

Consider these 10 mobile apps as a foundation for using your smartphone as a tool to make you more efficient, productive and profitable. They are all free and can be found at the Apple and Android app stores.

p56 Apps CommodityPrices
1. Commodity Prices.
Track corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, lean hogs, live cattle, feeder cattle and more. The app has a clean interface and is simple to operate. As one Android Market reviewer commented, it is "dead-on right all day, every day."


p56 Apps CashGrainBids
2. Cash Grain Bids.
Simply input your ZIP code to find out cash bids and base levels in your area. Get bids from the five elevators closest to you.


p56 Apps Weather Underground
3. Weather Underground.
There are many weather apps, and this one holds up as well as any of them. Lots of information is available, including temperature, visibility and humidity. View hourly and seven-day forecasts, too.


p56 Apps USDA NEWS Reader
4. USDA News Reader.
Create your own news feeds, learn about recovery plans and programs, and easily navigate the massive USDA website in a mobile-friendly environment.

p56 Apps VirtualFarmManager5. Virtual Farm Manager. This subscription-based service helps you store, view and log information about your fields. There are many other management apps; this one is notable because it was developed by farmers Jacob Fannik of Max, N.D., and Ryan Raguse of Wheaton, Minn.

p56 Apps SoilWeb
6. SoilWeb.
USDA–National Resources Conservation Service soil survey information at the touch of a button. The app works with your phone’s GPS receiver to identify soil properties anywhere in the lower 48 states where there is cell phone coverage.


p56 Apps MyTraps7. MyTraps. This subscription-based service allows farmers and consultants to place insect traps wherever they want and then track the movement of insect pests across their fields throughout the season. This provides data that helps users to more accurately target their insecticide applications to areas where there are concentrated populations.

p56 Apps LivestockManager
8. Livestock Manager.
A lot of mobile apps are targeted to livestock producers. This particular one allows users to track various information about their animals, including parentage, transport information, medicine administration and more.


p56 Apps AgrianMobile
9. Agrian Mobile.
View product labels and material safety data sheets for more than 8,000 crop protection products. Browse usage rates, preharvest and re-entry intervals, worker safety information and more.


p56 Apps MixTank2
10. Mix Tank 2.0.
Calculate the proper mixing order of tank mix. After determining the tank-mix parameters, you can create field notes on volume per acre, nozzle type, etc., for better record keeping.



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10/26/2012 06:48 AM

  Regarding the 10 Handy Farm Apps in the Farm Journal Oct 2012 issue - The USDA News Reader does not appear to be available for Android that I was able to find and the app available for iOS has a $.99 price tag, and doesn't seem to have favorable ratings. The article indicates the listed apps are all free and available in both Android and iOS versions. I hope each app was tested for user friendliness and the information provided is accurate. Please let us know the link for the android download - a search on Google Play gives me nothing. Thanks!

11/15/2012 08:31 AM

  KateND57, we titled this article "10 Handy Farm Apps" instead of "Best 10" or "Top 10" apps because everyone has such different experiences. Such is the case with USDA News Reader -- it crashes for some users and doesn't update as fast as others would like. I wanted to include some kind of news reader in the list which was one reason it was included. I hope you got some good brainstorming ideas even if one of the apps wasn't up to par. I am looking into several news readers where you can aggregate all of your favorite web sites into one place. I'll let you know what I find out.

Allyson Fawcus
Sechelt, WA
12/29/2015 06:49 PM

  Love the farm apps but I'm looking for an app that would suit a small scale...hobby farm...hoping to be larger over time. We have small stock only (goats and chickens so far) and will likely add plants, fruit and veg. Would like something simple but also has a wide range of options. Just need to keep track of info like sick goat and what we did. cost of goat. egg sales. breeding dates, kidding dates and info, plant dates, info, weather, soil tests and costs etc. Any recommendations?


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