Putting Smart Devices to Work on the Farm

February 1, 2013 04:00 AM
Putting Smart Devices to Work on the Farm

Apps and cloud computing can help you streamline your farm duties.

Dairy farmer Dino Giacomazzi helped farmers at Top Producer Seminar in Chicago sort through apps and technologies they can use to streamline day-to-day business and a few farm chores.

Giacomazzi, a California native, talked about the benefits of Dropbox, PDF notes, Evernote and Remember the Milk. He said cloud computing allows him to access and manage his farm from just about anywhere—whether it’s at the dairy, home office or vacation.

He said keeps all of his business files in Dropbox, which is a free service up to 2GB that lets you bring your photos, documents and videos anywhere and share them easily. Giacomazzi said he can access any of his documents from numerous devices, regardless of location. Dropbox also allows him to share folders and files with other individuals. He said he has 94 shared folders between his farm managers, veterinarian and nutritionist.

"This is the best way I have found to store, share and access information for the least amount of money," Giacomazzi said, noting that he pays for the upgraded version.

Another application he depends on is Evernote. This app is designed to help users remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all computers, phones and tablets. One example of how Giacomazzi uses Evernote is to track equipment maintenance on all of his tractors. He said he has downloaded all the Kubota manuals so if he needs a part he has access to the size, type and anything else he might need to order it.

Within Evernote is a tool called sketch. Giacomazzi said he takes pictures of equipment or parts, and then using sketch will diagram the dimensions of the equipment. He can then send this image to a store to see if they have the same one in stock.

"Evernote helps me remember everything," Giacomazzi said. "I can store pictures, e-mails, leave a voice note and talk and have it dictated to text."

Giacomazzi said anyone can use today’s technology to their benefit. It just takes a little effort and time spent searching for apps that fit your farm, he said.


See full coverage of the 2013 Top Producer Seminar.


Thank you to the 2013 Top Producer Seminar sponsors and co-sponsors:

Agrigold, Agrotain, Asgrow/Dekalb, Apache Sprayers, BASF, Bayer, Cargill, Challenger, Dow, ESN, Firestone, DuPont Pioneer, RCIS, SFP, Syngenta, Top Third Ag Marketing, Advance Trading, Integris, Michelin, Novozymes, Kennedy & Coe, Illinois Soybean Association, Water Street Solutions  




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