10 Best New Agriculture Apps For 2015

Now you can quickly calculate sprayer settings for TurboDrop and AirMix nozzles anywhere with Greenleaf Technologies' Nozzle Calculator app. Determine optimum droplet size and PSI for all your applications on-the-go and spray with confidence. See the droplet size each nozzle size generates at a variety of precise pressures. Customize by setting your application rate (gal/ac), speed (mph), spacing (inches) and flow rate (gal/min). The reference section provides additional product info and industry terminology. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
An updated AgraScout includes several new features. Fields Nearby locates the user’s position and instantly plots all their customers’ fields around them on a map. A redesigned scouting screen allows users to get into the field faster and maximize efficiency. Trav View aggregates all the pest information in the AgraScout system onto one map. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
This tank mix compatibility app is designed to assist growers and applicators with micronutrient and post-emergent herbicide tank mixes. It allows applicators to choose the herbicide formulation they plan to use and the BRANDT SMART SYSTEM micronutrient formulation they want to add to the tank mix, and tells the user if they are compatible. (iPad and iPhone)
Genuity Rootworm Manager from Monsanto Co. is an app that can be used by farmers and dealers to help determine the risk of corn rootworm in each of their fields and provide management guidelines at each stage of the season. In a question and answer format, the app collects data on relevant past and present field practices. It then uses this information to analyze and assess current and future corn rootworm risk. (iPad)
The app from H.J. Baker will assist agronomists and farmers in determining the precise amount of micronutrient enhanced sulphur fertilizers required to optimize crop yields. The app's application rate guide is accessible on mobile devices anywhere and gives users a powerful calculator at their fingertips. In addition to the calculator, the app has detailed information on micronutrients, crop deficiency symptoms and connects quickly with fertilizer specialists by phone and email. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
This app from the University of Illinois will assist an applicator with calibrating a pesticide sprayer. It can be used for aerial, ground, turf and boomless applications. It includes functions for determining the required nozzle flow rate, splitting that flow rate among different orifice sizes on an aerial boom, and calculating a required pressure to achieve a specific flow rate. It also has a function to convert values and rates for some commonly encountered variables and to determine maximum and minimum operating speeds based on nozzle capacity. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
This app provides an in-depth look at the AGCO product offering in an effort to better acquaint dealers and end users with these machines. The app allows you to learn about the features and benefits of AGCO products with a 3D model of the machines, products specs, customer testimonials, photos and videos. Initial release of the app will cover AGCO’s Application equipment brands, RoGator and TerraGator. (iPad)
Due out in 2015, this app from John Deere is designed to work in conjunction with the GreenStar 3 2630 display, on select planter models. Depending upon the configuration of the planter, SeedStar Mobile collects and monitors seed population rates, singulation, seed spacing, applied downforce, gauge wheel margin, variety, ride quality and ground speed on a row-by-row basis. This data is shown to the operator on an iPad in the cab in real-time as performance dashboards and high-definition maps, making it easier for the operator to visualize planter performance. (iPad)
Net Irrigate is a manufacturer of Wireless Agricultural Irrigation Monitoring (WAIM) technology. This app helps farmers and irrigation dealers view the status of their irrigation sites, turn on and off devices, view alert history and configure alert recipients. (iPad and iPhone)
The app, designed for use with the Enlist Weed Control System, is a tool for maximizing weed control performance, managing weed resistance and making responsible applications of Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology. The app will be available for download soon now that the Enlist system has been approved for corn and soybeans by the EPA. (Android, iPad, iPhone)

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.

[Related: 17 Agriculture Apps That Will Help You Farm Smarter In 2017]

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:

If you have a favorite new app that is on my list or one that is not, tell me about it at matt@croplife.com or post a comment below.