At their finest, agriculture apps are intended to make different aspects of farming a little bit easier – perhaps by streamlining a process, making information more readily available and shareable, or just making some part of farming and ranching less clunky.
Here’s the latest round of mobile and web applications that could make your job incrementally easier.
- Pesticide and Field Records, from Iowa State University, allows users to record and maintain pesticide applications, link to specific field locations using satellite mapping, and keep other important crop production information. A product search option helps you to quickly identify EPA product registration numbers and restricted use products. It’s a great record-keeping app – users can add several details about each application, including field sprayed, applicator, crop, start/end times, acres sprayed, temperature, wind speed/direction, target pests and any other notes they want to include. ISU Extension and Outreach program says it is working with developers to make additional improvements and usefulness to the app. Free for Android and Apple devices.
- Krone North America provides quick access to Krone’s hay and forage equipment from your iPhone or iPad. Producers can look up all Krone models and specs for mowers, mower conditioners, tedders, rakes, round balers, square balers and more. Learn key features and watch videos of each product. A news page shares information regarding new Krone products, events and more. Search by zipcode for the nearest Krone dealers and contact information. After the initial download, no internet connection is needed. The app is free for download at the Apple App Store.
- Irri Farmer is a complete web application based on maps to help farmers manage center pivots and water pumps using one clear map. Schedule field tasks using the calendar function. Develop cost-management reports for each center pivot or pump that can be exported to a PDF or printed. Chat and forum functionality also allows farmers to share their thoughts on irrigation and crowdsource solutions when troubleshooting a problem. Visit www.irrifarmer.com to get started.
- iSOYL is an iPad-only app. When used with the iSOYL Controller Cable, users can connect with many popular ag spreader, sprayer and seed drill controllers to allow variable rate application of precision farming data. Pre-planned precision farming application maps can place fertilizer, seed or pesticides at the correct rate in each part of the field. Users can add their own “points of interest” on the app’s maps such as weed populations or crop variations in the field. Business development manager Tom Parker says, “When you mount the iPad in the tractor cab, you have a large, full-color display, making everything really clear and much easier to use than having to peer at a small screen and fiddle with tiny buttons. This can make a real difference if you are amending your application files on the move or dropping markers to record a point of interest.” The app originated in the United Kingdom – outside the UK, maps can be sourced from local service providers and converted into the iSOYL format. A kit that includes software license, smart cable/adapters and an in-cab mounting system costs $795. A demo mode of the app is free to download at the Apple App Store.
- The Rabon Calculator from Bayer Healthcare AG can help livestock producers determine daily feeding rates and feed mixing quantities for cattle feeds containing Rabon Oral Larvicide. Features include a daily feeding rate, a feed batch calculator, a mineral batch calculator and an intake check. The app also includes a Rabon product label, mixing and use instructions and product tech sheets. Free for download on Apple and Android devices.
- First Step App from Zinpro is a new educational resource for the dairy industry that features a locomotion scoring assessor to help track locomotion scores and estimate the cost of lameness in dairy cattle. The app was developed in conjunction with Nigel Cook from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine. This app includes an easy-to-use scoring pad to track locomotion scores within a herd quickly and efficiently directly on the user’s iPad. An economic calculator can help users calculate extra profit potential from reducing lameness prevalence. Users can add comments and photos to reports as supporting material, and assessments can be saved and emailed as needed. Training videos can assist users in more accurately locomotion scoring dairy cattle. The iPad app is free to download at the Apple App Store.
- Digi-Star’s new Grain Tracker app is ready for field action and offers farmers full operation of the GT 460 grain cart scale system from a smartphone or tablet. With the addition of Digi-Star’s ERM-WIFI module to the GT 460 system, the new app lets producers connect wirelessly to simplify harvest work. Grain Tracker enables combine operators to update yield monitors and makes truck drivers aware of grain load levels. “This full feature system will allow custom harvest teams to have billing data available as they are pulling out of the last field,” Digi-Star sales manager Jack Danner says. After downloading the Grain Tracker app, producers receive a free one-year subscription to Grain Tracker Online which offers access to harvest records from any location and on any device with Internet access. For more information, see digi-star.com.
These apps will soon be added to AgWeb’s extensive App Finder web application, which has reviewed and rated more than 80 farming apps. Bookmark www.AgWebAppFinder.com on your mobile device to get started.