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11 useful ag apps for the new year

Jordan Anderson Updated: 12/05/2013 @ 10:37am Digital Content Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, it can be difficult to find apps that are truly beneficial to our purpose as agriculturalists. Here are 11 apps we believe are useful for anyone in agriculture: farmers, rancher, food enthusiasts, or those interested in learning more about farming. 

Extreme Beans

Simply enough, this application allows soybean farmers to calculate the amount of soybeans to plant per acre in order to generate the highest yield. Get it for free from the App Store or Google Play.

MRTN Calculator

Created by the University of Illinois, the Maximum Return To Nitrogen (MRTN) calculations combine the agronomics of nitrogen rate research and the realities of economic fluctuations to provide a customized nitrogen rate. Available for iOs on iTunes.

Connected Farm

Trimble’s Connected Farm scout app uses GPS in a whole new way to map field boundaries, locate irrigation pivots, mark flags, and enter scouting information for points, lines, and polygon areas. It includes an extensive list of weeds, insects, and diseases, and allows you to take pictures and log the severity of a problem, crop conditions, and more. 

Purdue Pest ID

The Purdue Extension Corn and Soybean app provides a range of tools, but the weed and pest identification seems particularly helpful. Hundreds of high-quality images and videos help you diagnose problems and understand common issues in corn and soybean production. Submit samples to the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory easily when you download it from iTunes.

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Extreme Beans 12/15/2013 @ 8:12am Have you tried all the apps? I couldn't change the default values in this app for calculating return. Also, please include in your reviews which permissions the app seeks and whether it seems necessary for all of them to do the job.

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Have you tried the Growers Edge app? 12/06/2013 @ 8:38am Great article! There are some very useful apps mentioned here that can help farmers across the country. Have you ever checked out Growers Edge? It's 100% free for Android and iPhone and is being used by over 26,000 farmers across the country. It allows farmers to track weather and precipitation pinpointed to their exact field locations, soil moisture, growing degree days, and it also allows them to see their best cash prices for their crops. It would be a great addition to this list! http://www.growers-edge.com

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Jordan Anderson Re: Re: Have you tried the Growers Edge app? 12/09/2013 @ 9:36am I hadn't heard of that one yet. That would definitely be a great one to add to our next list. Thank you!

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