FAVORITE MOBILE APPS FOR FARMER.
More tools than ever before are carried by farmers in their pockets. These things have no place in a toolbox. On tablets and smartphones, they are apps.
3,492,653 Android apps are accessible through Google Play, reports mobile app intelligence company 42matters. 1 821 441 iOS apps are available in the Apple App Store. Every day, the Apple App Store receives an average of 616 new apps.
Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews are three XtremeAg farmers who each have a few go-to apps.
A KEVIN MATTHEWS.
In North Carolina, Kevin Matthews begins each morning by launching the Bible app on his iPhone or iPad and reading the day’s verse. The App Store offers a free version of the Bible app.
Matthews uses MyRadar to keep track of the weather that could affect his plans or crops for the day. Freemium features are available in the App Store for the app MyRadar Weather Radar.
Matthews says MyMeasure is very accurate and frequently uses it. The App Store price is $2.99.
Matthews has installed cameras all around his business, and he can control them with an app on his phone. It’s very convenient to be able to open that on your phone and check what’s happening. A lot of my guys have cameras on their phones as well, so they can see what’s happening and determine whether a load of fertilizer is nearby.
It’s something that saves you a ton of time during planting season when you’re really busy or during hauling time if you’re wondering if that load of grain has been unloaded: Just hit that app on your phone and look,” he says.
Kelly Garrett from Iowa frequently checks the CME app for market information, like many other farmers. The App Store offers a free version of the CME Group Mobile app.
He can send precise locations to delivery personnel and truck drivers by using Google Maps. The App Store offers Google Maps for free as well.
Garrett spends $30 annually on the premium version of onX Hunt because of his plant food business. Of course it’s for hunters, but the fact that it includes a list of all landowners is the reason we use it.
It’s very simple to look at the field and draw a field boundary when we’re spraying plant food and other similar things. We all share the same phone account, so using that and Google maps to ensure the accuracy of our applications, it’s simple to put everyone in the right place.
THERE IS A MAN NAMED MATT MILES.
A farmer in Arkansas is Matt Miles. When he needs to know the forecast, he consults his favorite weather apps. He also uses a few other apps to monitor the agricultural markets.
Another of Miles’ frequently used apps is Planimeter. “In the app, I can actually go to my individual field on the farm at any time and measure acreages. It helps me when I’m trying to calibrate a fertilizer or sprayer rig, and even at harvest, I can get a general idea of yield,” he says. The price on the App Store is $7.99.
Although Miles acknowledges that he once made fun of his children for using Facebook, the social media platform is now one of his go-to apps.
“The reason is that there are so many agriculture-related Facebook pages that you can visit for information and things we need to know. There are now auctions and the ability to purchase equipment there. I suppose my children will have the last laugh on that one,” he grins. In the App Store, Facebook is free.