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January 6, 2011 - iPhone apps for use in Agriculture

Originally posted January 6, 2011 by Natalie Hummel on Louisiana Rice Insects

I recently assembled a list of iPhone apps that have some utility in agriculture or entomology. If you use an iPhone you might be able to use some of these apps in your agricultural endeavors. The app descriptions were taken from websites about the app or the iTunes app store.

I’m curious to know if you have a favorite agriculturally related app? Also, if you know of any other agricultural apps that are not in my table, please post a comment or e-mail to me.

John Blue at Truffle Media has also assembled a delicious page that lists links to stories about most of these apps. It can be accessed by clicking here.

Shaun Haney of Real Agriculture also has a post on agricultural app use in Canada. It can be read here.

Thanks to Katherine Parys and Blaine Viator for sending me many of the apps that are on the list.

App Description Fee
Project Noah The app asks people to upload photos, GPS coordinates and other anecdotal info about wildlife they see. An update to the app, which will be launched in December, gives users digital badges for participating in these endeavors.1 Free
Entomology Dictionary The Entomology Dictionary app is a huge dictionary of 4,500 words and terms used in the field of entomology – the study of insects.2 0.99
AgWired First agricultural media app for the iPhone. The app offers one-touch access to all the latest news and information in the agribusiness and agricultural marketing world posted on Agwired.com, including audio, photos and video, and connections to other ZimmComm news sites.3 Free
SoilWeb GPS based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data, formatted for mobile devices. This application retrieves graphical summaries of soil types associated with the user’s current geographic location. Images are linked to detailed information on the named soils. 4 Free
PureSense Allows user to access information from underground sensors that detect moisture levels near the roots of crops. 5 Free, but linked with acct
The Plant Doctor Provides real time diagnosis and cost-effective treatments for plant diseases in gardens, landscapes, nurseries and farms. Users may read the free descriptions of 10 of the most common plant diseases and their causes. If users are still unsure about their plant’s problem, they may buy a diagnosis.6 Free, but diagnostics for a fee.
Turfgrass management Contains pictures and information for identifying weeds. Diseases, insects, and turfgrasses. Provides easy access to information for identifying and diagnosing pests while in the field. Full version has pesticide database, recommendations, management information, research, presentations, or publications.7 Lite version is free.Full version is $19.99/yr
Agriculture Dictionary 1.0 The application for the iPhone and iPod Touch is a dictionary of all things to do with Agriculture. We have included techniques, a glossary, definitions, harvesting, and many more agricultural terms. This is a great application to gain insight and knowledge, and to have at your disposal. 8 $0.99
Audubon Insects and Spiders – A Field guide to North American Insects and spiders. Audubon Insects and Spiders is your essential guide to identifying insects and spiders found in North America. This mobile field guide app includes hundreds of professional color photographs, range maps, authoritative information and more. 9 $9.99
Oakmapper The OakMapper App uses your phone’s built in GPS to identify where you are when you submit data (on sightings of trees showing symptoms of sudden oak death). That means that you can report SOD as soon as you see it and never have to use a GPS to get your position.10 Free
WhatsInvasive This app displays local lists of top invasive plants and/or animals (with images and short descriptions to remind you of what they look like) that have been identified by National Park Service or other invasive management authorities. You can browse these lists of species and if you see one of them, then click the species name to send the GPS location to the experts. You can add a photo and text notes to your observation as well.11 Free
iPest1 iPest turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a mobile field guide to urban pests. Designed to be a handy guide for anyone dealing with urban pests including homeowners, renters, pest coordinators, building managers, teachers and students. Includes a searchable menu that organizes pests by type and provides photos and descriptions.12 $1.99Vers 2, 3 now available
Growing Degree Days The Farm Progress growing degree days app measures the maturity of your crop by viewing current and past growing degree days data for your farms location.12 Free
TreeID This app allows the user to identify almost any tree in Northern America based on its: common name, scientific name, physical attributes (bark, leaf and fruit), and geographic location.12 $2.99
KIS Futures KIS futures allows you to track prices on commodity futures and options from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Also gives you a detailed snapshot of high, low, last, and net change of multiple commodities markets-options.12 $1.99
ArcGIS by ESRI ArcGIS is a great way to discover and use maps. You can query the map, search and find interesting information, measure distances and areas of interest and share maps with others.12 Free
MyCast Weather: Delivers comprehensive yet intuitive weather information specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. Uncluttered base maps display animated radar, clouds, and StormWatch severe weather alerts allowing effortless interpretation of how the weather affects your day.12 $3.99
Hurricane by Kitty Code Hurricane gives you the ability to track hurricanes on the go with your iPhone or iPod Touch. Animated satellite images and interactive forecast and tracking maps help you see where these monster storms are heading. Text bulletins give you the detailed information you need. 12 $3.99
Dupont Tankmix: Allows you to easily calculate the amount of product you will need to treat a specific field area, the amount of product you need to apply to a specific tank size, the amount of water you’ll need to treat a specific field area or the amount of product you need to the get the desired volume to volume ratio. 12 Free
iSpeak Spanish: This app translates English to Spanish. Simply enter the text you want to translate, press the translate button, and then press the “Speak It” button to hear your translation. 12 $1.99

Last Updated: 8/26/2011 7:34:42 AM


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