Free Apps for Agriculture
Looking for efficient agriculture applications, also called 'apps,' for your smartphone? Check out a 'must have' list of apps gleaned from extensive online research and from electronic app stores like the iPhone App Store, the Android Market and BlackBerry App World. Many of these apps combine general information tools, like current news, weather forecasts or financial outlooks, with specialized agriculture news.
Agriculture.com Mobile, operated by Successful Farming magazine, offers up-to-date markets and weather and news.
The Agwired app, available in iPhone® and Android™ versions from Zimm Comm New Media, LLC, specializes in news for "everyone involved in agricultural marketing and communications." It emphasizes alternative energy, the dairy industry and precision agricultural farming.
The totheshelf app from Agrotypos SA links growers to brokers or retailers to expand market potential. The free app allows farmers to post items for sale, letting brokers, wholesalers and retailers directly contact those of interest.
As its name suggests, DTN/The Progressive Farmer: Agriculture News, Markets and Weather covers a broad range of ag news, features up-to-the-minute market reports and provides real-time weather radar. Telvent DTN, Inc. designed this app specifically for the Apple iPad®.
Determining the dominant soils in a field has never been easier, thanks to SoilWeb for the iPhone® and for the Android™ smartphone. This app, created by soil scientists at the University of California Davis, retrieves USDA-NRCS soil survey data, instantly identifying the soil types underfoot at your current location. Detailed summaries provide the chemical and physical properties of each specific type. New features are in the works, including a way to display the soils on a map.
iCropTrak™ is a mobile farm management app that allows you to track all your farming activities including planting, spraying, fertilizer, irrigation, sampling (soil/plants), scouting (weeds/pests/diseases), and harvesting at the fields and zone level.
Marharishi World Peace Vedic Organics, located in Marharishi Vedic City, Iowa, is working with establishing markets for organically grown products in grocery stores, restaurants, the Fairfield-Cedar Rapids-Des Moines corridor, as well as major grocery chains. Their produce is grown in all-year round organic manner in a heated greenhouse facility. This creates extra value by being strictly organic in nature with the Marhaishi World Peace Vedic Organic label.
The USDA Valued Added Producer Grant was instrumental in getting their operation going from a working capital point of view during their first year of 2003-2004. The VAPG allowed them to grow from one small hoop house to a 540’x98’ (51,840 square foot) greenhouse in 2004. By 2008 they had to expand to another 25,920 feet to accommodate demand for their organic, grown-in-round vegetables.
Marharishi World Peace Vedic Organics can be reached by phone: 641-469-7010, by email: email@example.com, or by mail: 1973 Grand Drive, Marharishi Vedic City (Jefferson County), IA 52556.