Our recent survey of more than 200 ag retailers on their tablet usage has unveiled several key findings (look for an article on tablet use trends soon). But perhaps what everyone wants to know is which apps are the most popular among these ag professionals. Well, you’re in luck. We asked participants to name the one app that is most indispensable for their work. While the responses varied widely, these 10 apps were most commonly listed as “can’t live without” by our survey respondents:
1. Weather. There are number of weather-related apps available for mobile devices, but perhaps the most popular is the one from The Weather Channel. This app combines interactive imagery with Weather Channel expertise. With more than 200 meteorologists and the ultra-local TruPoint forecasting technology, The Weather Channel app helps ag retailers plan their work day.
2. E-mail. According to our survey, “checking e-mail” (94%) was the number one way respondents are using their tablets for work. So not surprisingly, it ranks toward the top of our “most indispensable” list. With dozens of options available, choose the application that benefits you the most and simplifies your e-mail usage.
3. Dropbox. Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox Website.
4. Weed ID. The BASF Weed ID App brings weed identification right up to date, forgoing the need to take books into the field to identify potential weed species. Whatever crop you are growing, it is an essential part of good agricultural practice to know the weed species you need to control to use the most appropriate herbicide. There’s also the ID Weeds app, which was developed by the University of Missouri Extension. This app allows you to search for weeds by their common or Latin name, view a list of weeds or identify weeds based upon a number of different characteristics.
5. Agrian Mobile. This app enables access to Agrian’s label database anywhere, any time. Search by product name, registered states, pest controlled and specific product use rates. Features include more than 250 participating manufacturers, instant access to 5,800 crop protection products, labels and MSDS documents, organic search options and more.
6. Documents To Go. The extremely popular office app (over 25 million downloads) allows you to view native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments.
7. QuickBooks Mobile. This easy-to-use app syncs with QuickBooks to let you manage customers, invoices, sales receipts, and estimates. It allows busy retailers to stay productive, whether in the office or on-the-go.
8. iBooks. More of a personal “must-have,” this app includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest books (or agriculture-related publications).
9. Connected Farm. Trimble’s Connected Farm app uses your mobile device’s GPS for mapping field boundaries, locating irrigation pivots, marking flags and entering scouting information for points, lines and polygon areas. Scouting attributes include an extensive list of weeds, insects and diseases, and allows you to log the severity of a problem, crop conditions and more.
10. Evernote. Evernote helps you stay organized and on track. The app lets you take notes and create to-do lists, as well as capture photos and record voice reminders. The redesigned iPad version saves time with the ability to create notes with a click via the new Quick Note button and a Recent Notes list for easier multi-tasking.