Thursday, 25 April 2013

Farming? There’s an app for that

The Drovers' Cattle Network reports on the growing use of smartphones and apps (applications) in farming.

Smartphone apps aren’t just for social networking or entertainment. A growing number of apps make use of smartphone technology to help farmers do their job. Farmers can use apps on smartphones or tablet computers for everything from staying up to date on agriculture news to calculating sprayer tank mix ratios, said Kent Shannon, University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineering specialist.
“In the area of precision agriculture are apps that we can collect geo-reference GPS data from,” Shannon said. “That allows us to do a better job of recording things in the field.” One example is Connected Farm, which lets producers collect scouting information in the field and take pictures that are geo-referenced. There are also several apps that have commodity market information.

Read the full article here.