When shopping for farming apps, a lot of farm-type games pop up, which won’t necessarily help real farmers boost their productivity. Searching an app store using the word “agriculture” instead of “farm” can help — or you can try some apps farmers are recommending.
A recent Twitter post asked farmers what apps they used most. To access pivots, land and weather data, and more from the palm of your hand, check out a few of the favorite apps on this list from fellow farmers:
Planimeter. Developed by Core Signals, this app measures distances and land areas on maps. It can measure fields, lot sizes and perimeters, and can add markers to pinpoint specific locations. This app can help you track fields, property lines and that weed patch.
Farm Futures. Part of the Farm Progress brands, Farm Futures has its own app that makes the news and markets easily accessible by your smartphone. Receive customizable-markets, market commentary, farm news and audio updates every business day.
iNote. The farmer recommending this app says he uses it to keep track of daily tasks and to-do lists. A handy interface can display different notes at once for convenience.
Weather apps. Weather is crucial to farmers and ranchers, and Weather Underground and The Weather Channel apps were the most recommended. Both apps allow the user to track forecasts, look at radars and see real-time conditions. Weather Underground offers more in-depth data tracking, with the chance to explore heat maps, personal weather stations and other geographical data.
AgSense. To manage irrigation and pivots, AgSense by Valley Irrigation is widely used by farmers. It offers to-the-minute data on soil moisture, and can view data from Field Commander, Precision Link, TrackerSP and CommanderVP devices. The farmer recommending the app says he likes being able to remotely manage from anywhere.
AuctionTime. For the farmer looking to buy or sell farm equipment, AuctionTime was recommended. Bidders can discuss specifics with the actual seller, and participate in the live bidding straight from the app.
Twitter. For those farmers comfortable with social media, many agree that Twitter is where they turn for news and updates. Tweet, share or scroll through your timeline of followed content, such as #AgTwitter.Editor’s note. If you have a favorite farming app not mentioned on this list, email Sarah McNaughton at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her on Twitter at @NoDakSarah.