Have you ever found yourself wishing there was an app for something while using your smartphone? You’re not the only one. The development of mobile apps for various needs is happening at a rapid pace. Why? According to comScore, 89% of all mobile minutes are spent on mobile apps. The top two categories for mobile app users are social media and news/information. In agriculture, there are mobile apps available that deal with an array of topics. CropLife puts out a list of the best agriculture apps every year. The majority of those mobile apps, and the most popular, are often agronomic or weather related. In the economic space, most of the available apps provide pricing information for marketing. However, there are a host of available apps that can assist with farm management.
I often get asked, “What is the best farm management app out there?” My colleague had the best answer to that question, “the best farm management app for farmers is the one that you will actually use!” Each app serves a different purpose and provides a different user experience. We’ve recently created an extension publication that outlines all of the mobile apps we could find that help farm management and their availability on Apple or Google smartphones (publication found here). If you want a more detailed description of each app, you can find it here. I encourage you to download several apps and try them to see which works best for your specific situation or need.