With new agriculture-themed apps out on nearly a daily basis, it can be hard to keep up. And farming apps can be hard to find in the first place. (Google “farming apps,” and chances are you’ll have to wade through a bunch of Farmville apps before you find something real farmers would want to use.)
Here are just a few apps AgWeb editors have recently discovered. For a list of nearly 80 farming app reviews, visit the AgWeb App Finder – www.agwebappfinder.com.
AGCO Parts Books To Go: AGCO launched its “Parts Books To Go” app last year for apple devices. This year, the company has expanded with an Android version. The app includes interactive drawings with capability for zooming, panning and call-outs. It features parts lists with Google-like searches, plus offline capability and multi-language support. The app includes information about parts for multiple tractor brands that include Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Gleaner, Fella, Laverda, Hesston, Ag-Chem, Spra-Coupe and more. Language support has been expanded to accommodate English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Finnish, Italian, Chinese, Turkish, Polish, Russian and Scandinavian languages. The result is “anytime, anywhere” access to replacement service parts information on AGCO products.
Scout Pro Corn Consulting: This iPad app came about after three Iowa State University entrepreneurs set out to improve upon a major farming inefficiency. Handwritten notes are great for making on-the-go scouting decisions, says co-creator Michael Koenig – but most people don’t dig scouting notes out the following season when they need to make chemical or seed decisions. Thus began the idea for Scout Pro Corn Consulting, which assists users with identifying weeds, insects, diseases, and disorders associated with corn production in the Midwest. Additional tools for stand count recording, yield checks, non-scouting events, and irrigation recordkeeping are built in as well. Included are multiple, high quality photos of identified pests along with pest’s background, life cycle and threshold information. Identified pest are automatically recorded on field map via GPS coordinates, for cellular data enabled users, to help identify concentrated problem areas needing immediate attention. Users can also generate field-specific scouting reports through provided data entry fields including staging of pests, weather, plant population, stand count, pest pressure and more. There is a separate iPad app developed specifically for soybean farmers.
John Deere App Center: Available for Apple devices, this provides one convenient location to search for the John Deere mobile apps that can help you get more out of your equipment, your business and your day. The John Deere App Center is a tool to organize mobile apps for farming and construction customers. The apps within the John Deere App Center help users increase the performance and uptime of John Deere equipment, while lowering the cost of operation. You can also provide feedback to John Deere on any app in the John Deere App Center. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” notes Pat Pinkston, vice president of technology and information solutions. “In this age of wireless data transfer, data-enabled agriculture and new data technologies in machinery, we will be offering many more apps in the future with additional features to help our customers.”
eFarmer: Founded last year in the Netherlands, eFarmer has two apps to help farmers in any country, including the United States. The apps currently available include eFarmer and eFarmPilot. eFarmer, which is available on Apple and Android devices, helps users create field maps that can be divided into sections to measure progress, create points of interest and more. Users can also take pictures while they scout fields and add them to the map with notes. With the “field operation planning” function, users can save detailed information about each field to plan and monitor daily tasks. With field operation GPS tracking, users can also monitor the position of their vehicles on field maps. A beta version of eFarmPilot is currently available on Android devices that provides affordable field guidance on your smartphone or tablet. It offers AB field guidance with an external GNSS antenna (Novatel AG-Star). The processed area covered is calculated in real-time right on your mobile device. All work is stored securely in the cloud. Users can review and share work reports easily from any location.
NPIC Apps: The National Pesticide Information Center has released four mobile we apps for quick pesticide information on the go. These resources include the Pesticide Education & Search Tool (PEST), Mobile Access to Pesticides and Labels (MAPL), the Insect Repellent Locator and Pesticides and Local Services. Farmers in particular will find PEST and MAPL the most useful. PEST lets users search pesticides by ingredients, signal words or pests controlled. MAPL allows users to review pesticide product labels by name, use site, pest type, EPA registration number or a combination of these search terms.
High Moisture Corn: The University of Wisconsin-Extension has developed a smartphone app that provides a simple way to estimate the market value of high-moisture shell corn (HMSC) by looking at three variables – dry corn moisture, current corn moisture and price per bushel. The HMSC$ app is easy to use – simply input those three variables, and the app calculates a price estimate per wet ton and per wet bushel. Users can adjust these values based on expenses that include gas dryer, electric dryer and shelling cost. Wisconsin farmers get the added benefit of a “check prices” option that links to area cash grain bids, compiled by the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. Greg Blonde, UW-Extension Waupaca County agriculture agent, says utility plus mobility is what makes the app a valuable resource. “Although a desktop Excel spreadsheet for pricing HMSC is available on the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability website, it doesn’t have the ability to bring up current market information or automatically share the results,” he says. “When you’re out in the field or on the go, the HMSC$ app is a great resource tool to have on your smartphone or tablet computer.” The app is available for free on Android devices at Google Play.
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