There has been a recent stir about farmers using Apps to help them on the farm. It makes sense right? If a stock broker can check the market with the touch of a button, why can’t a farmer check the moisture level in his soil? Well now he can! Ever since Verizon rolled out the iPhone 4 earlier this year, more agriculture Apps have been popping up than ever.
If you have the ability to download and utilize Apps and have yet to do so, you will be by the end of this article. There are Apps for everything from playing Scrabble with your friends around the globe to locating the lowest gas price in your vicinity. These have been around for a few years, but Agriculture Apps have recently been catching on and spreading like a wild fire.
Here are my top 5 favorite FREE Agriculture Apps.
1: SoilWed – GPS based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data, formatted for mobile devices. This application retrieves graphical summaries of soil types associated with the user’s current geographical location. Images are linked to detailed information on the named soils.
3: Dupont Tankmix: Allows you to easily calculate the amount of product you will need to treat a specific field area, the amount of product you need to apply to a specific tank size, the amount of water you will need to treat a specific area or the amount of product you will need to get the desired volume to volume ratio.
4: AGWired: The first agricultural media app for the iPhone. The app offers one-touch access to all the latest news and information in the agribusiness and agricultural marketing world posted on Agwired.com
5: ArcGIS: ArcGIS is a great way to discover and use maps. You can query the map, search and find interesting information, measure distances and areas of interest and share maps with others.
These are just a few in the growing sea of Agriculture Apps. Farmers now have the ability to look up crucial information on their phone, in the field. To think 10 years ago one couldn’t even get DSL in rural areas, mobile technology has come leaps and bounds from where it was just a few years ago. If you could invent an Ag App, what would it be?