Has the app market reached a saturation point? Consider Google Play and the iTunes App Store combined have more than 2.5 million apps, according to recent statistics. And with hundreds of new apps added every day, one could argue enough is enough.
But I won’t. I say, bring it on. A competitive apps market is driving up quality. In fact, TechCrunch.com reported last year that Google removed 60,000 apps from their store that were not up to the mark when it comes to quality and usability. So with app developers forced to step up their games, it can only be good for customers.
The same holds true for ag professionals, who have a bounty of quality apps at their disposal for their Androids, iPads, iPhones and more. To help you sort through the best new agriculture apps available, I’ve once again researched the latest ones to hit the market. For the purpose of this list, I selected apps that were introduced — or significantly updated — in 2014 or due to launch in early 2015. View the slideshow above to see which apps made the cut.
Also Worth A Download
Sirrus (update). Sirrus is the precision agriculture app from SST Software that allows you to digitize field boundaries, soil sample, scout your crops, check weather conditions and graph rainfall estimates per field. Features include: drive field boundaries using GPS or draw them using high-resolution background imagery; digitize center-pivots with ease; soil sample using a grid, zones, or previous soil sampling points; view weather forecasts, current conditions and historical rainfall graphs; record scouting data such as pest pressure, stand counts, and much more; generate and share PDF scouting reports; share data with other agX Platform users via Data Bullet; and store and share data securely on the agX Platform. Sirrus requires an agX Account, which can be created for free in the app. (iPad)
Great Lakes Early Detection Network (update). Now you can submit invasive species observations directly with your smartphone from the field by using the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app. These reports are uploaded to EDDMapS and e-mailed directly to local and state verifiers for review. Developed by the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, GLEDN has several new features in Version 2.0, including new navigation, ability to draw shapes on maps for infested area and reporting of negative data to track eradications. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
Agrivi. Based on best-practice production processes for more than 60 crops, Agrivi app guides farmers to improve their production and increase productivity. Its features include project-oriented farm management with a simple and fast way of planning, monitoring and tracking all farm activities and inputs usage, advance sales and expense tracking ensures taking control over farm finances, inventory management with low inventory alarms removes delays in production caused by lack of inputs and weather monitoring with detailed 7-day weather forecast and 3-year weather history for each field and smart disease risk detection alarms. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
TractorPal. This app keeps inventory and maintenance records for all your personal agriculture machines and attachments, including cars and trucks of all brands. TractorPal enables you to log all of your large and small machinery and automobiles including tractors, pickups, lawn mowers, cars, combines, sprayers, loaders, skid-loaders, backhoes, attachments, and more. You can also record each item’s maintenance (e.g., changing oil, filters, tires, and irregular repairs), and will remind you when service is required. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
Tire Advisor. Now you can access all of Bridgestone’s commercial tire products in one easily searchable app. Included are truck and bus tires (e.g., Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton), Bandag retreads and off road mining and construction tires (e.g., Bridgestone and Firestone). Each product selection provides useful information including, features/benefits, product images, technical specifications, and warranties. There are three easy ways to search for products: a step-by-step guided search, a filtered search and a keyword search that allows you jump quickly to a product you already know by pattern name. (iPad)
MachineryGuide. You can use your tablet or smartphone as a precision tractor GPS system using the MachineryGuide app. It’s one of the first guidance software programs that functions as a precision farming application using an antenna. These antennas are capable of receiving and processing free corrections (e.g., EGNOS, WAAS). It can be used for any farming activity which is done by tractor or other agricultural machinery, including fertilization, manure application and spraying. It even can be used for land measurements as well. (Android)
Looking for more agriculture apps? Be sure to check out these past lists:
- 17 Agriculture Apps That Will Help You Farm Smarter In 2017
- 10 Must-Have Agriculture Apps That Will Make You More Efficient In 2016
- 15 Best New Agriculture Apps Worth Downloading In 2014
- 13 New Mobile Agriculture Apps For 2013
- 10 Best Mobile Agriculture Apps For 2012
- 20 Best Mobile Apps For Agriculture For 2011
If you have a favorite new app that is on my list or one that is not, tell me about it at [email protected] or post a comment below.