Your August Agriculture App Roundup

August 9, 2016 02:48 PM
 
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The AgWeb App Finder is at it again. Editors have added another seven reviews to www.AgWebAppFinder.com in August 2016.

Whether you’re interested in improved crop scouting tools, keeping better tabs on your livestock, upping your grain marketing game or taking better nutritional care of your horses, these apps might have a home on your farm or ranch operation.

1. Equine App. Zinpro Corporation calls this app your “free guide to all things equine nutrition.” Gain valuable nutritional information and other key considerations to bring out the best in your horses. Learn the necessary amount of water, identify trace minerals on a feed tag and get better answers to improved equine nutrition. With a well-balanced diet, your horses can enjoy both better health – and improved performance. Free for Apple and Android devices.

2. AgriSync. Potentially save time and money troubleshooting machinery and technology with this real-time video support tool. Farmers and advisors connect through remote video so they can see what the issue is before scheduling a farm visit. A ticketing system via a web-based customer service dashboard  allows for better reporting and feedback. Troubleshoot any number of issues, from mechanical issues, technology hang-ups, agronomic questions and more. Free for farmers; advisors pay a small monthly subscription fee.

3. Onsite Remote. Use this app for file management assistance and improved communication to and from the field. Onsite doesn't propose to replace existing precision ag software systems, but can improve the efficiency and productivity of what you already use. Using the app runs GPS in the background; if battery drain is a concern, it can be disabled.

4. FieldNotesLT. Your phone becomes a collector of timestamped, geolocated notes and geotagged photos with this app. Scout for pests or make other field observations that you can then email as a Google Earth KMZ file. On capable devices, you can add audio recorded observations as well. Users like its current capabilities but wish the app had greater functionality. Free on Apple devices; $0.99 for Android users.

5. The Calving Book. "It all started one cold winter day. My cousin and I were talking about calving season and how it is inconvenient to have an actual paper calving book." That was the genesis of an idea that two S.D. ranchers have turned into a helpful app. Track calving data, calf weaning and yearling performance and generate reports. It's a quick way to keep track of calving records no matter where you are. A free "Lite" version is available (Android only), as are for-pay "Pro" and "Plus" versions.

6. Sprayer Calibration Calculator. From the University of Illinois, this app helps applicators properly calibrate sprayers for ground, turf and boomless applications. Users can determine required nozzle flow rate, split that flow rate among different orifice sizes on an aerial boom, and calculate the required pressure to get a specific flow rate. Users can also convert values and rates for some commonly encountered variables. They can also determine minimum and maximum operating speeds, based on nozzle capacity. Some users reported freeze/reboot issues. Free for both Android and Apple devices.

7. The Andersons Grain. The Andersons Grain Group provides a variety of information "relevant to your farming operation and agriculture" on this multipurpose app. Users get elevator location and contact ifnormation, and a quick list of current prices for various grain, livestock and energy futures. They can also access local weather information and ag industry news, including market analysis. Free for Apple and Android devices.

Visit www.AgWebAppFinder.com for more information, including links to download these apps and more. This free resource has reviews on 99 agriculture apps and counting.

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