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10 agricultural apps for you to farm smarter in 2017

Agriculture appsAgriculture professionals are working smarter, not harder, than ever before. Smart farming technologies have enabled them to reduce costs, maximize yields and profits, and still be incredibly efficient in the process.

And there is perhaps no better example of smart farming than with the mobile app. It has become a game changer for on-the-go growers and ag retailers, enabling them to perform critical tasks wherever and whenever they need it. From scouting fields and managing agronomic data, to flying drones and creating farm maps, there is virtually no job that a farming app can’t do.

To meet this growing demand, developers continue to launch apps that are useful, user friendly, and simple to use. “A mobile app must be intuitive and easy to use, or it will not be used,” says Doug Applegate, CEO and owner of Praxidyn, which plans to offer an Android app for its new portable ag chemical blending system, Mixmate. “We expect to be able to use an app with little or no training.”

Below are the list of 10 new apps for agriculture that you can help you farm smarter in 2017.

1. Nutrient ROI Calculator 2.0. (update) | PotashCorp

PotashCorp’s eKonomics program, an online agricultural resource dedicated to helping farmers maximize their yields and profits, has released an updated version of its valuable return-on-investment (ROI) calculator. The latest calculator model incorporates spatial variability, giving farmers a more accurate reflection of expected nutrient response in production-sized agriculture. As a result, farmers are able to make more accurate nutrient application plans, maximizing the benefits of crop inputs and increasing their profitability. Here is the app link

2. Sirrus Premium Upgrade | SST Software

Sirrus for iPhone and iPad 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. Sirrus now offers a premium upgrade that allows service providers to implement variable rate fertilizer application. Features include Product Labels; Safety Data Sheets; Variety Tech Sheets; Recommendation Reports; and Advanced Recommendation Editor. Here is the app link for iPhone and iPad

3. iSOYLscout | SOYL

iSOYLscout is an easy-to-use, in-field scouting app. Simply record areas or points of interest either by hand, or while on the move on foot or in a vehicle using the built-in GPS. The app can be used to record crop performance and weed infestations, as well as any other feature you want to locate across the farm. Each logged feature provides an instant area measurement. Points of interest are recorded with a text label such as ‘Broad weed’. Notes and/or a photo can also be added to the point. iSOYLscout files are uploaded to mySOYL, OneDrive, or Dropbox allowing your scouted data to be wirelessly and efficiently transferred between field and office. Here is the app link for iPhone and iPad

4. AgVault 2.0 Mobile | Sentera

AgVault 2.0 Mobile from Sentera allows users to easily fly entire fields using a DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3, or Inspire drone. The app allows the operator to select the UAV’s altitude, sensor configuration, overlap, sideslip, and an area on their field to survey. The UAV launches from within the app, autonomously flies the predetermined route and automatically returns upon completion. Here is the app link for AndroidiPhone, and iPad

5. GrainTruckPlus | John Deere

This app from John Deere helps you manage your grain harvesting fleet from your field to your preferred elevators. Know where your team members are, where the nearest elevators are, and get information about wait times at those elevators. The apps allows you to create a team to let your workers know where the combine, carts, and trucks are; find and view your favorite grain elevators, including contact information and directions; view estimates of grain elevator wait times; and securely create and share your own on-farm storage locations with your team. Here is the app link for AndroidiPhone, and iPad

6. AgriSync | AgriSync Inc.

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 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. Here is the app link for AndroidiPhone, and iPad

7. Yara ImageIT | Yara International

Yara ImageIT is a farming app designed to measure nitrogen uptake in a crop and generate a nitrogen recommendation based on photographs of the crop. The app turns a farmer’s smartphone camera into a high-tech crop nutrient tester. ImageIT calculates nitrogen uptake based on leaf cover, leaf green color and estimated fraction of brown leaves. Besides showing the user how much nitrogen to apply to obtain optimal yield and crop quality, ImageIT provides quality assured fertilizer recommendations with Yara preferred product and contact information of the closest Yara office. Here is the app link for  AndroidiPhoneiPad and Windows

8. Pocket Rain Gauge | Agrible

Pocket Rain Gauge from Agrible brings accurate, location-specific rainfall measurements delivered instantly. Log in with your free Morning Farm Report account to get rainfall totals for all of the fields tied to your account. The app includes feedback functionality so you can let Agrible know how accurate its measurements are. Pocket Rain Gauge data is updated every hour and reflects the previous 24 hours. The app works in the lower 48 U.S. states. Here is the app link for  AndroidiPhone, and iPad

9. AgCareers.com Jobs (updated) | AgCareers.com

Job seekers are provided free access to the AgCareers.com job board to search more than 4,000 active jobs at any given time throughout the U.S. and Canada. The app, which has been available since 2013, now includes better search criteria, equating to more accurate results. Seekers can narrow down available jobs through keywords, location, industry sector, industry type, career type and even by specific employer. Users can now also create an account with a job seeker profile; something that couldn't be accomplished in the previous version. The app is now capable of uploading a resume as well, a job which required a computer in the past. Resumes can be uploaded through Google Drive or DropBox, creating three methods for users to apply for a job: logging in, creating a profile, or as a guest with no profile. Here is the app link for AndroidiPhone, and iPad

10. FARMapper | McFinney Agri-Finance

FARMapper is a new generation Web-based app that allows users to build farm maps quickly and efficiently. The app securely stores your map in the cloud so that it can be shared across both desktop and mobile devices. Using your Web browser, you can access your farm project from most any device. Click on any point and the application parses public land survey data for the Township, Range, Section, and quarter quarter section. It creates detail for any point that is clicked upon, and will highlight the parcel. Build custom polygons easily with the app’s drawing tools. The app also helps farmers keep track of water rights, easements, and irrigation records. Here is the app link for Here is the app link

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