As precision technology scales in the agricultural industry, more farm apps and digital tools are becoming available, enabling farm operations to achieve new levels of efficiency. We’ve compiled a list of the top 8 apps for farmers that can provide your operations with an additional boost, right at your fingertips.
8 Best Apps for Farmers and Ranchers
1. The Market Watchdog: AgMobile
Your agribusiness is just that — a business. Keep track of the grain and livestock markets, solicit bids for corn, soybean or wheat, and stay on top of current, local information that helps you run your business with AgMobile. Developed in cooperation with Successful Farming and AgriCharts, this app provides you with access to commodity news, weather, local cash grain quotes and charts and local news — all from your pocket.
2. The Data Tracker: Farm Logs
Farmers have an immense amount of information to sort through in order to keep their operations running at peak efficiency. Farm Logs is a farm planning app that helps farmers store that information in order to calculate costs, manage day-to-day operations, observe conditions and enhance profitability. The free version offers the essentials; the complete version includes upgrades related to marketing, reporting and more.
3. The Bird’s-eye Viewer: TerrAvion Mobile
TerrAvion’s aerial imagery comprises the largest volume subscription database for the ag industry — its flights cover some 22 billion acres and counting. The mobile app helps farmers combine access to this imagery with opportunities for field scouting and record keeping, allowing growers to make extremely accurate and reliable decisions to keep margins tight and profits high. Thanks to new farming technology, you’ll have access to your field maps in your pocket.
4. The Weed Analysist: ID Weeds
Struggling to identify and treat the weeds plaguing your field? ID Weeds for Apple and Android has an easy-to-use identification system that allows you to search for weeds by their common or Latin name, view a list of weeds and identify weeds based on characteristics like habitat, leaf type, flower color and root system.
5. The On-the-Go Troubleshooter: AgriSync
When it comes to crops and livestock, minutes matter. That’s why, when equipment breaks down or a problem arises, farmers need to be able to troubleshoot on the fly. AgriSync connects farmers with expert advisors and support staff via video chat, which helps the farmer resolve the issue quickly and cost-effectively. Plus, farmers can use the AgriSync app for free.
6. The Small-farm Recordkeeper: BeetClock
Designed by a small-scale vegetable farmer to help manage time and labor, BeetClock is an app for smaller farms that helps you determine the profitability of your crops. With just a few clicks, your farm crew can send accurate records directly from the field. Use that data to monitor work — from seeding to sale — to know which harvests were truly worth the investment.
7. The Crop Analyzer: Yara CheckIT
As a grower, you don’t have time to waste when a crop starts to take a turn for the worse. Luckily, Yara CheckIT offers an on-the-go solution for identifying potential nutrient deficiencies. Use this app in the field to access an extensive photographic database to identify symptoms and related deficiencies, and to learn which fertilizers or products can be used to get your crops healthy again. And for those times when you can’t do anything, like when a natural disaster hits, consider crop insurance.
8. The Cattle Nutritionist: Grazing Calculator
Get info on the nutritional requirements of your stock and more with Grazing Calculator, a cattle app developed by sibling dairy farmers Robert and Louise Hathaway. Grazing Calculator lets you work out the approximate area of crop to allocate for your herd and the number of days to leave cattle in a paddock based on yield. You can send results from the app in an email, as an SMS or copy it to the clipboard. Grazing Cattle lets cattle farmers play with the numbers of their farm and herd to maximize results.
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