10 Must-Have Agriculture Apps That Will Make You More Efficient In 2016

This Trimble app allows farmers to enter detailed field records about their farming operations using a smartphone or tablet. The app is flexible to handle any crop type, such as corn, beans, wheat, and more. Costs can be entered for each input so that financial information can be captured about each farming event. The app can install to multiple devices so that field records can be collected instantly and sent to Connected Farm where profit/loss information can be viewed for the entire operation. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
This John Deere app is designed to connect with the AgLogic Website to provide a complete logistics solution that is customized but not limited to the spraying and application industry. It can be leveraged to meet other logistics needs in your operation. The app provides operators with all the tools to view work orders in priority order to be completed, get driving directions directly to the field eliminating wasted time, view field boundary and field location, and much more. (Android)
Harvest Entry extends the functionality available in the AgStudio FARM Commodity Inventory module, by providing producers a means to save harvest data for both on-farm loads and commercial deliveries. Simply set up your storage facilities and trucks in AgStudio, and then track each load as it leaves the fields and goes into either on-farm or commercial storage. The app allows you to track as much or as little as makes sense for your operation. (iPad, iPhone)
Set for release in early 2016, the Go-Task app will be one of AGCO’s solutions for wireless transfer of task data to and from select AGCO machines and supported Farm Management Information Software programs. The app eliminates risk of lost or incomplete data that may result from lost USB sticks or other complications associated with manual data transfer, allows for easier movement and management of data, and uses AGCO’s existing task data exchange server for task data transfer. (iPad, iPhone)
Oklahoma State University's new app allows users to quantify green vegetation in a plant’s canopy in the field through photos taken using a smartphone. Canopeo analyzes the images and provides an accurate measure of percent canopy cover for row crops, grassland, turfgrass, or other green vegetation. The information can be used to monitor a crop’s growth or evaluate damage and allows the user to adjust management decisions. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
FieldX Sampling from AgRenaissance Software is used for in-field navigation to sample points created in FieldX Office. Geo-location information from Sampling journal entries is downloaded and displayed on the map. The app can display sampling points; display your GPS location; mark sampling points as completed; set the status of the sampling journal entry; upload changes to sampling journal entries; add a flag to the map for navigation and calculating distance to a point; display field borders; and much more. (iPad, iPhone)
iSOYL allows you to manage your precision crop production tasks direct from the tractor cab via your iPad. Variable rate application files created in MySOYL are seamlessly transferred to iSOYL ready to be used in the field. The large, clear touch-screen makes it easy to view and manage your files. After application, data can be sent back directly to your crop management system, eliminating the need for written notes. (iPad)
Farm At Hand is a free, cloud-based farm app that allows you to manage your entire farming operation from seed to sale, anytime, anywhere via your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The app keeps you organized, efficient, and productive all year long by capturing key field data. Track activities like planting, spraying, scouting, harvesting, and more. Automatically download reports for crop insurance, agronomists, and market consultants. (Android, iPad, iPhone)
The GSI ROI Calculator allows you to see how much more you can earn with on-farm grain storage solutions from GSI. Start by selecting a crop and entering the number of acres and anticipated yield. Then enter your harvest time price and the anticipated future sale price to see your GSI difference. You also have the option to compare your elevator storage revenue potential to your GSI on-farm stored revenue potential. (iPad, iPhone)
This app from Spensa Technologies helps field and crop advisers to more easily identify and document the locations of insects, weeds, disease, nutrient deficiencies and general agronomic issues and assign a severity in a more precise manner so growers can strategically mitigate problems before they spread. OpenScout also tracks the scout's route through the field as a record when no observations are recorded. (AndroidiPad, iPhone)

I guess this mobile app frenzy isn’t a short-lived fad after all.

Consider in 2010 there was a “meager” 300,000 mobile apps in the Apple App Store, according to Statista Inc. That number mushroomed to 1.5 million apps in 2015 — a whopping 400% increase in just five years.

And the incredible volume of mobile apps has poured over into agriculture. With the number of farming apps available in leading app stores growing exponentially, it’s become next to impossible to successfully wade through the latest options that are helping make work more productive for ag professionals.

That’s why I have made it my annual duty to do the sorting for you. Just like the past five years (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), I’ve once again researched and evaluated the newest farming apps available for Androids, iPads, iPhones, and more. The apps listed in the slideshow above were either introduced or significantly updated in 2015, or are due for release in early 2016.

Also Worth A Download

Grain Tracker. Digi-Star’s Grain Tracker app provides a wireless interface and direct field-to-office data transfer capabilities. The app gives producers full functionality of the GT 460 grain cart scale system straight from their smartphone or tablet. By adding Digi-Star’s ERM-WiFi module to the GT 460, producers will be able to connect wirelessly via the app making harvest-time tasks even easier. (Android, iPad, iPhone)

My New Holland. New Holland customers may now access information through their smartphones via the My New Holland app. It’s a personalized space where users can access instructional videos, operating and maintenance tips from New Holland product experts, educational white papers, and more. Owners of New Holland equipment can also gain access to premium content to help them get the most from their machines. By registering their equipment on their My New Holland profile, operators can download operator manuals and other useful materials from our training courses. (Android, iPad, iPhone)

Just In Time Plant Nutrient Calculator. This app is a user-friendly software tool developed to support the application of Soludrip water-soluble fertilizers. It will calculate the right dose of a nutrient solution, according to the phenological stage, as part of a complete crop-nutrition program for an intensive farm operation. It doesn’t require Wi-Fi and is therefore 100% portable and easy to use on your own farm for wise and fast decision-making. (Android, iPad, iPhone)

AgDNA (update). AgDNA launched a new campaign with AgFunder to deliver all new mobile automated precision farming services to farmers and crop producers worldwide. The new platform processes machine-generated data — such as seeding records, fertility applications, weather patterns, soil quality, and health yield — and provides subscribers with real-time, geo-spatially accurate information about the productivity of every acre on every field. No data entry required. Growers can then benchmark progress, view “seed prescriptions,” assess equipment performance, and determine what crops will best thrive under current conditions. (Android, iPad, iPhone)

Tiger-Sul Nutrient Calculator (updated). This app is an innovative agronomic planning tool for the farmers to plan fertilizer applications and meet soil nutrient needs. Simply select your crop and the desired yield for that crop; and you will be given the amount of vital crop nutrients that your desired yield will need and how our leading fertilizer and micronutrient products help you meet those requirements. The nutrient calculator covers all key crops including corn, canola and soybeans. (Android, iPad, iPhone)

Cropalyser. The Cropalyser app from Bejo helps users to easily identify major pests, diseases, and disorders in vegetable crops including red beet, carrots, cabbage and onions. The app provides information about the health and growth of your crop. The search function “Cropalyse” guides you to analyze irregularities, recognize symptoms, follow growth developments, and advises on crop control and prevention of pests and diseases. (Android, iPad, iPhone)

Vrain. This app from Visualnacert is useful for increasing the profitability of farmers and knowing weather conditions in the field. Enter your expenses for each campaign fertilizers, crop protection, energy, machinery, labor and other expenses, and get alerts if you’re going to spend more than revenues. Also see the weather forecast and accumulated rainfall collected in your field. You can take pictures that are saved in the gallery of the field. (iPad, iPhone)

Agren Soil Calculator (update). This app allows service providers to plug in various crop rotations, tillage systems, and conservation practices and view the resulting erosion predictions for up to three scenarios. The app’s enhanced reporting helps growers and advisers better understand the impact of management on soil health and address specific problem sites. Efforts can be targeted to apply conservation practices in the right place, at the right time, and at the right scale to achieve environmental and economic benefits. Color-coded maps, similar to a GIS yield map, pinpoint areas of high erosion. (Web-based)

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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.