Farming technology has come a long way since the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Farm machinery has improved in leaps and bounds over the last century, but agriculture apps are where the really exciting advances are being made.
No matter what kind of operation you have, there are agriculture apps that will help simplify your life. Farming and ranching will always be hard work, but with the right tools things can be a bit more efficient. Try these six agriculture apps to help simplify your operation.
Dairy Farmer Apps
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Penn State developed DairyCents, a dairy farmer app that calculates income over feed costs and offers price comparisons on various grains and commodities based on the Penn State Feed Price List and what other users of the app are paying. DairyCents is simple to use, displaying an easy to understand breakdown of feed cost per cow, gross milk price, milk margin and more, along with historic data. DairyCents also makes it easy to graph your own data or compare your data to that of other users. DairyCents is available on Apple and on Android.
Get info on the nutritional requirements of your stock and more with Grazing Calculator, a cattle app developed by sibling dairy farmers Robert and Louise Hathaway. Grazing Calculator lets you work out the approximate area of crop to allocate for your herd and the number of days to leave cattle in a paddock based on yield. You can send results from the app in an email, as an SMS or copy it to the clipboard. Grazing Cattle lets cattle farmers play with the numbers of their farm and herd to maximize results. Grazing Calculator can be used on Apple or Android devices.
Beef Cow BCS lets you track and organize body condition scores for your herd. You can track cattle based on individual pastures and snap your own photos to see how they measure up to reference images in the app or keep records based on ear tag number.
Beef Cow BCS has stellar reviews in the iTunes store, with users calling it “yet another great innovation for the beef industry.” It’s also available for both Apple and Android.
Tractor GPS Apps
Keep track of your position in the field with Farm Sprayer GPS. This simple app helps you be sure of where you’ve sprayed or spread fertilizer, but you can also use it for tracking planting and tillage. Farm Sprayer GPS also keeps count of how many acres you’ve been over and apprises you of your tractor’s speed. Farm Sprayer GPS can also be purchased for Apple or Android.
Seed Management Apps
AG PhD’s Planting Population Calculator app helps determine the optimum in-row spacing between both soybean and corn seeds, based on the width of your rows and the planting population you want per acre. The seed management app is a good way to get a handle on the seeds per acre you’ll need for your farm. After crops have emerged, Planting Population Calculator helps determine a stand count for your crops, allowing you to compare what you planted to your actual yield. It can be used by Apple devices and is being developed for Android devices.
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