Remember when mobile apps first exploded onto the scene and became quite the rage. The year was 2010. The slogan “There’s an app for that!” took off, the app stores emerged, and the tech slang ‘app’ was voted the 2010 ‘Word of the Year’ by the American Dialect Society.
Drift App organizes seed trait information in your fields and neighboring fields in order to mitigate potential spray drift damage each season. The app takes the guesswork out of when and where to spray by auto-generating the Spray Planner “to-do list”. The Spray Planner displays your fields in order of Sprayability Index, which factors in current weather conditions, seed trait/herbicide compatibilities in your fields and surrounding fields, as well as nozzle pressure and size. The goal of Drift App is to give growers and applicators an easy-to-use tool to manage spray operations, so that we can spray more herbicide on-target, keeping our fields clean and protecting our traits from regulation in the future. iPhone
Sirrus helps agronomists and farmers collaborate on farming decisions by making field data accessible and easy to collect. By connecting to the agX Platform, standardized field data is available offline and can be shared with other users and applications. Users can scout crops for pest pressures and easily record and collect observation photos; create and share recommendations from the field; generate PDF reports and share via email or text; soil sample using a grid, zones, or previous soil sampling points; and much more. Android (Beta), Web-based, iPhone, iPad
Update: Proagrica Launches Sirrus Suite
AgVend's integrated Grower Portal is a custom-branded information and commerce app for ag retailers, designed to strengthen the relationship with your customers by powering your omnichannel grower experience. Your branded Grower Portal, powered by AgVend technology, is an integrated web and mobile application that keeps your customers digitally connected to your business. It provides your growers with the ability to pay invoices, access historical orders, request product prices, and more. Additionally, your customers and sales team will appreciate the convenience and efficiency gains of having this information accessible to them through a mobile application. Learn more >>
AGI SureTrack is an independent hardware and software platform that collects real-time data from field activity, machinery, and equipment to drive profit through efficiencies and market transparency. IoT enabled devices and sensor technology fuel data from seed to market, including weather stations (FieldDataManager), farm machinery (Farmobile PUC device), bin monitoring (BinManager), fill level alerts (TankManager), and automated grain conditioning (DryerManager). Android, iPad, iPhone
FarmVisionAI from Illumitex employs computer vision machine learning algorithms to detect plant health issues in real time. The company has recently released a mobile app designed to engage growers in-field with vision AI stress detections. The app brings FarmVisionAI's horticulturist trained AI to a smartphone platform that can be used while scouting plants and walking the farm. Location specific information allows the grower and FarmVisionAI to validate detections and supplement imagery with close-up pictures taken with the phone's camera. The grower's pictures are geo-tagged to the location and show up in the desktop application that displays the grow in a "Google-Earth" like visualization. Notes, recommendations, and actions can be added to the imagery to add value and highlight what is happening in the grow and what needs to be done. Web-based
The CommoditAg app provides the opportunity for agricultural producers and farmers to research and order products anytime, anywhere with their mobile devices. CommoditAg is the easy, local, and direct solution for farmers wanting high-quality agriculture products at a value. The user-friendly app lets you order chemicals and plant nutrition products directly to your door or to one of our warehouses for easy pick-up. CommoditAg’s simple online ordering process saves you time and money. Android, iPhone
SupPlant, a precision agriculture hardware-software solution, has launched a mobile app that allows farmers to control their water budget, be notified regarding extreme weather conditions at their plots, and monitor their crops from wherever they are. SupPlant’s technology assists farmers in increasing crop yield and reducing water usage and with this mobile intelligent system they will be able to monitor and track their plant needs from everywhere. SupPlant uses agronomic algorithms, sensors, artificial intelligence and cloud-based technology in order to achieve more resilient crops while saving on resources and increased yields. With the new SupPlant DSS app, each farmer will be able to see the information of each plot, graphic displays of the past and future irrigation plans, hyper-local current and forecasted climatic data specific to each plot, agronomic insights, growth patterns of trunk and fruit, irrigation recommendations for today and a week ahead and more. iPad, iPhone
AgButler is a new way to hire high-quality, on-demand labor for your farm or ranch. Set up a profile as a laborer, employer, or both to post or find a job across multiple agricultural industries. Use the map feature to search for jobs near your location. The platform serves as a solution to a rural labor shortage in America. Similar to “ride sharing” technology, the system allows farmers, ranchers and/or agribusinesses to connect with available laborers filtered by location, ratings, work experience, and availability. All done within a secure payment structure organized in the app. Android, iPad, iPhone
FarmQA Scouting is your digital agronomy assistant for crop and field scouting. With flexible scouting forms you can scout any crop, anywhere. FarmQA Scouting will increase the effectiveness of your crop scouting for standard crops, as well as specialty crops like grass seed, hops, or even grapes. While in the field, take pictures of problems or draw on a map to clearly communicate the location of every issue. Everything you observe while scouting can be documented with efficiency and accuracy. Scouting reports collected in the field can be viewed immediately within the FarmQA web portal. You can then make the best decisions about disease and pest treatment immediately without waiting for the scouts to return from the field. Your data is stored securely in the FarmQA cloud, accessible through the FarmQA web portal, and you control who can see it. The app is designed for growers, agronomy service providers, specialty crop advisors, crop consultants, soil science consultants, and agri-service companies. Android, iPad, iPhone
Skippy Scout is an iOS app that will fly a drone to scout crops for you. Developed by UK-based Drone Ag Ltd., the app connects to your drone and automatically flies it to points of interest in your field. It captures close-up images of your crop to give you a high level of detail without needing to walk to each location, saving you time when crop walking. Features include ease of use; fully automated; affordable; leaf-level detail; ability to spot and recognize problems easily, early and automatically; and import field maps. iPad, iPhone
HedgeCommand from Farmers Business Network is a grain marketing system that uses data science and economic analysis to generate personalized pricing recommendations for members. HedgeCommand pulls together cash sales, futures and options, and crop insurance, to give a comprehensive picture of expected profitability and risk of loss. Farmers can test different scenarios — following the FBN Analyst view, or their own bullish or bearish view, to see how the next trade ripples might impact profitability and loss. The app generates personalized recommendations — including when to sell, how much to sell, and what type of contract — and automatically notifies the farmer every time the system has a new recommendation. Learn more.
John Deere MyOperations (which is now called Operations Center Mobile) takes remote management of your field operations and equipment to the next level. The app connects with John Deere Operations Center, allowing you to evaluate expected vs. actual performance of job execution and machine utilization. Powered by an easy, reliable connection between you and your machines through JDLink Connect, the app enables you to monitor completed field activities that occurred today and yesterday to determine the productivity and quality of each field for a given operation like Seeding, Application, Harvest, and Tillage. The app is truly your solution to view machine and agronomic data anytime and anywhere. Access to these insights into your farm helps you proactively manage your day to improve logistics and productivity, as well as increasing confidence that your jobs are being executed as planned. Android, iPad, iPhone
- Added completed Harvest work that was not documented with a display by manually entering the harvest details.
- MyOperations is renamed Operations Center mobile, the mobile version of John Deere's flagship digital product.
The app enables growers, crop consultants, farm staff, precision specialists, and operation managers to truly work as one. Agworld’s document management, data capture tools, farm maps, library of labels and SDS, and communication tools improve your workflow and increase your production efficiency. The app is the most convenient way to access, capture, manage and share your farm data from anywhere. The online / offline app allows you to get things done while in the field, even without an internet connection. The app automatically syncs all your information to your secure account once you are back in range. iPad, iPhone
- Integration with Microsoft Power BI analytics platform
- Updated Harvest Module (Q1 of 2021)
- New Inventory Module (Q1 of 2021)
Farm Dog is an end-to-end pest and disease management platform that saves you time while scouting in the field, improves your communication with your team, and creates a digital record of your scouting activities. Record observations, add photos and hot spots, and send reports directly from the field easily and quickly with Farm Dog. Full offline functionality means you're always focused on your operations. The app is also fully integrated with John Deere Operations Center. Android, iPad, iPhone
- In-app user statistics to keep track of total visits, number of fields visited, acres scouted, etc.
- Outbreak visualizations and efficacy ratings for a user's fields.
- Targeted scouting with imagery and a customizable observation form in one easy-to-use interface.
- Geo-targeted in-app alerts based on area observations (e.g., new pests found in the area), regional groups (e.g., USDA, Extension), and data insights (e.g., severity trends).
AgriSync enables farmers and advisors to connect and resolve support issues on the farm. Farmers can connect with multiple advisors from different companies to submit and receive support in real-time via video. Advisors can manage multiple farmer service tickets through a dashboard and remote video that allows them to see what the farmer sees in real-time. A Web-based customer service dashboard allows the advisor's organization to see open cases, resolution status, and farmer feedback in real-time. Android, iPad, iPhone
- Call Management
- Multi-Channel Communication
- Shared Inbox
- Remote Visibility
- Interaction Analytics
The Premier Crop DATAVIEW app is a powerful extension of Premier Crop’s existing web-based system that enables subscribing growers easy access to maps and data on their mobile device. Once logged into DATAVIEW as a Premier Crop user, maps previously available on the web are downloaded to your device for easy access to detailed agronomic data on the go. The user is able to view multiple map layers (color coded with legends that correspond to the data previously viewed in the web application). The user is also able to view the maps by panning and zooming with satellite imagery displayed in the background. Along with the maps, detailed agronomic data is also accessible to the user in the app with the following functionality: touching the map (if the user touches the map in any location it will open a window that displays detailed agronomic data at the location touched) and device location (when the device location button is enabled, a window will open that displays detailed agronomic data at the GPS location reported by the device). Android, iPad, iPhone
AgFuse is a free social media tool created specifically for farmers and other agricultural professionals to connect with one another while sharing information and forming valuable associations. The platform enables farmers, experts, suppliers, and farm organizations to communicate with effectiveness and ease. Users can follow individual experts and peers, create and join subject-based groups, share information, and much more. Android, iPad, iPhone
Agro.Club is a digital platform that connects the full agriculture value chain — farmers, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and grain/food companies, for more efficient business and communication. Retailers, manufacturers, and grain companies benefit from Agro.Club’s enterprise solution that allows them to run their campaigns more effectively, serve their farm customers better, and optimize the costs. For farmers, the free platform is a single place to order ag inputs from your trusted retailer, maximize incentives and rebates, and find the best grain prices. For retailers, you can create a digital experience for your farm customers while enabling your team to run your sales/marketing campaigns better. And for manufacturers and wholesalers, you can run your sales campaigns more effectively in partnership with your retailers/dealers. Track product demand and optimize incentive programs. The app has already launched in Russia, and Agro.Club is now bringing its platform to markets of North America and Europe. Learn more >>
The Farmobile DataEngine is a powerful platform to collect, standardize, view, and share data. The free app provides real-time views of machines in fields and access to second-by-second data as it is collected by the Farmobile PUC. The PUC is a cellular-and-GPS device that plugs into a farm machine’s diagnostic port, listens to the sensors, and sends the engine and agronomy data to the DataEngine, where it is organized, standardized and sent to your Farmobile DataEngine account for easy access. It’s your data, collected independently, standardized by Farmobile, and made available to view, share and use. Available only to Farmobile subscribers. iPad, iPhone
Optimize and automize your farm using this scalable platform to integrate data from both above and below ground. CropX’s cloud platform crunches data from its soil sensors integrated with multiple layers, to provide the best insights on when, where, and how much to irrigate and fertilize and the best crop protection plan to follow. CropX provides a fully DIY farm management platform, offering a scalable, user-friendly, cloud-based, integrated hardware and software system which includes easy to install sensors with IoT connectivity and a patented unique spiral design for unmatched accuracy that measure soil moisture, temperature, and electrical conductivity (EC), and then send that data to the cloud. The CropX software integrates additional field data such as location, soil type, topography, and crop models with remote sensing data such as precise weather and satellite imaging. The data and machine learning-based actionable insights can help you boost crop yield, save on inputs such as water, fertilizers, energy, and labor, as well as the ability to be in compliance with environmental regulations. Android, iPad, iPhone
- Integrates with the Reinke ReinCloud, so that you can connect and run your Reinke pivot straight from the CropX app.
Pioneer has consolidated its suite of digital tools into one app — the Pioneer Seeds app. The app allows Pioneer brand customers and their seed advisors to connect and make informed data-driven agronomic decisions and maximize product performance, all from one place. Farmers can quickly snap a picture of the Pioneer brand seeds bag tag to receive a complete product profile; trait scores; best management strategies; and recommended planter settings. Growers also can optimize seeding rates on their phone or tablet. The Pioneer Seeds app leverages the extensive Pioneer agronomy research database to provide seeding rate recommendations for economic and agronomic conditions. Android, iPad, iPhone
myRanch brings Ranch Systems' monitoring capability to your mobile devices. Using the myRanch app makes it possible for users to remotely monitor environmental conditions and make decisions related to their crop production sites or water management systems. myRanch delivers customized insight for data from sensors in the field such as weather stations, soil moisture, and water distribution. Android, iPad, iPhone
- Updated styling and other visual improvements.
- Uniform navigation.
- End-user controlled display.
- Cross-property dashboards.
- Weather forecasting.
DecipherAg is a mobile solution that enables farmers and agronomists to monitor crop variability, compare growth performance, track trends, and organize information about their land. The powerful tool converts complex data into something simple and meaningful to empower your decision making and ultimately helps you increase your yield, return-on-investment and sustainability. With DecipherAg Mobile, you can easily plan and assign sampling jobs, collect samples, submit to a laboratory, and view the results on the map. Andriod, iPad, iPhone
Nutrient Technologies’ Crop Nutrient Advisor mobile app allows agricultural producers to instantly identify crop nutrient deficiencies; get product recommendations; check spray tank compatibility; download label and SDS; and more. Growers, PCAs, or plant nutritionists can search for deficiency symptoms by crop to access images of visual symptoms. Android, iPad, iPhone
- User-generated data with the ability to upload your own photos.
- Crop nutrient sufficiency guide allows you to look up data by crop and tissue sample timing to know if you need to apply fertilizer and what kind.
This directed crop scouting app helps identify and prioritize crop damage to address problem areas needing immediate attention. The application works on standalone mode, but various important features are enabled when you load high-resolution aerial vegetation imagery. Basic features include scout task coordination and assignment of multiple fields and scouts; support for various crop types including corn, soy, and sugarbeet; comprehensive database for identification of pests, diseases, and plant limiting stress; GPS-enabled crop scouting with identification and capture of disease, pests, weather, plant population, damage severity, photos, and notes; and field mapping and comprehensive reporting. Android, iPad, iPhone
Backed by the powerful Bushel platform, you provide producers with accurate, real-time information right from your accounting system. Spend less time fielding clerical phone calls and get down to business faster by starting the conversation informed. The Bushel mobile app platform integrates into grain elevators’ accounting systems to provide growers access to their contracts, scale tickets, prepays, cash bids, and markets. With a focus in elevator-to-grower relationships, growers see their elevator’s brand and data through a white-labeling approach. Learn more.
The Mix My Sprayer app created by Clemson University aids with quick, accurate calculations of product mixes to be applied with spraying equipment. Users can create custom lists of favorite products by category. Simply add or select a product, insert values in each input box, and the app automatically calculates the amount of product to include in the user-defined mix size. Units for each input can be customized by tapping the unit buttons. Products are saved with the user settings last used. Android, iPad, iPhone
CropRecords from Croptimistic Technology is a multi-user crop record-keeping solution for farmers and crop consultants. Create jobs for spraying, seeding, field work, and harvesting. Track when these jobs are completed. Enter data in the field and sync to the croprecords.com servers when internet service is available. The CropRecords software is the development platform for the entire SWAT MAPS brand. The backend system synchronizes all the files between users and software platforms. CropRecords and ADMS are required software for SWAT MAPS. Android, iPad, iPhone
With the Taranis Scout app, you can take the power of imaging, analytics, and comprehensive reporting to the field with automatic issue detection and quantified alerts delivered to you and your team anytime, anywhere. Prioritize fields to scout and sample, navigate to areas at risk, and record observations with just a few clicks. Use high-resolution or satellite layers to direct scouting activities, on or offline. Monitor field conditions like rainfall and GDDs, and access a large database of issues — from weeds to diseases, insects, and disorders — to record what you’re seeing. Add geotagged notes, photos, and voice memos to reports to validate services you offer to your client base, then email those reports directly from the field. Android, iPad, iPhone
Marketed as "Autosteer for Grain Marketing," this easy-to-use app from FarmLogs prices bushels for you when prices are historically higher than at harvest. Avoid margin calls and brokerage accounts with AutoHedge. It’s free to sign up and you only pay one transparent transaction fee at delivery. AutoHedge works by selling an equal portion of your enrolled bushels on each trading day from February to July. Learn more
Yet, mobile apps were just scratching the surface in digital capabilities at that time. If you strike a comparison between the agricultural apps launched today versus those that were first introduced more than a decade ago, the difference is monumental. The majority of the apps ag professionals downloaded in 2010 performed some basic functions of computing and record keeping, which almost seem archaic compared to the apps of today.
Today, technologies like IOT, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) have migrated apps to another level, wherein everything is focused on giving users actionable insights. App developers continue to innovate new ways to solve problems, increase the availability of knowledge, and connect businesses to customers. Moreover, there are new e-commerce apps that have helped retailers increase their sales exponentially. (Hint: Check out the new AgVend Grower Portal and CommoditAg apps in the slideshow above).
“We are past the honeymoon phase of agriculture apps,” says Casey Niemann, President of AgriSync. “Farmers and retailers want solutions that solve practical problems. The bar for quality and continuous improvement continues to be raised. 2020 has taught us that the digital transformation is upon us now. We are glad to be providing a service that brings farmers and their trusted advisors together — even when they are social distancing.”
Trends in Agriculture Apps
So where do agriculture apps go next? As we look ahead to 2021 and beyond, we caught up with a few ag-tech companies to gain insight into the trends shaping mobile app development and what we can expect to see in agriculture.
“Security is becoming more and more important in every aspect of our digital life,” says Reinder Prins, Chief Marketing Officer for Agworld. “Secure login technology like AuthO or other SSO providers are becoming a ‘must have’ instead of a ‘nice to have’ for all agricultural apps.”
Enhanced analytics capabilities is another area that is growing in importance in app development, adds Prins.
“Instead of offering desktop-only applications that are linked to a mobile app, with reporting capabilities that apps can’t offer, mobile apps are increasingly designed to integrate with specialized analytics platforms that can offer users on-demand analytics on mobile devices,” he says. “One of the main new features of Agworld that has been important to our users in 2020 is the integration between Agworld and Microsoft Power BI. Instead of relying on static reports, the Microsoft Power BI integration now allows Agworld users to create dashboards with those statistics that are important to them. Users can also integrate existing data from other systems into their dashboards, leveraging Power BI as much as possible.”
Consolidation is also expected to play a role in agricultural app development. “When Climate Corp. and other large players offer their platforms for free it makes it hard for some great software platforms to compete,” says Liron Brish, CEO of Farm Dog. “I believe that a roll-up of some of these will produce some incredible offerings for growers and agronomists.”
There’s also been a trend toward apps designed to support the grower/agronomist, not replace them. “As the industry has milked the ‘early adopters’ dry in terms of software adoption, there is now a migration back towards the ‘muddy boots,'” Brish says. “Three years ago, many app developers were trying to replace the agronomist. The industry has wised up and realized it’s not about replacing the agronomist, it’s about empowering the agronomist. This means solutions are needed for the non-PhD agronomist who is eager to try out the shiny new toy. Solutions are needed for the competent, methodical grower/agronomist, which is a vast majority of folks out there.
“Having said that, growers/agronomists are becoming more tech-savvy,” he adds. “Today I get unsolicited questions about data insights and data layer integrations that three years ago would have elicited a ‘what’s that?’ response if I were the one to ask the grower/agronomist the question.”
2021 List of Apps for Agriculture
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 2020. I’ve also included a few older apps that may have been off your radar but are definitely worthy of downloading. Be sure to check out this year’s list of agriculture apps, many of which reflect the trends identified by our experts. The list contains a good mix of new apps (10) and updated ones (18). Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to find in the slideshow, which will receive updates throughout the year.
- Total Apps Featured: 30
- New Apps (released within the last year): 10
- Recently Updated: 18
- Most Common Type: Scouting, Farm Management
- New to the list: Drift App, Sirrus
Want more agriculture apps? Be sure to check out these other lists:
- 15 Best New Agriculture Apps for 2019
- 10 New Mobile Apps for Precision Agriculture in 2018 (PrecisionAg)
- 17 Agriculture Apps That Will Help You Farm Smarter In 2017
- 10 Must-Have Agriculture Apps That Will Make You More Efficient In 2016
- 10 Best New Agriculture Apps For 2015
- 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 lists or one that is not, tell me about it at [email protected] or post a comment below.