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January 13, 2012

Agriculture software is starting to be developed for smartphones. These applications will enhance the productivity and save time for many agri-business people because they are portable and easily available.

Updated January 12, 2012: The Apple iPhone, now in it's 5th year, and the Android operating system, coming into its 6th year at Google, have brought a dramatic shift in how we communicate with people and access information. Key is the integration of widely available software with an always on Internet connection.

January 13, 2012

Smart phones, as data collection devices, provide a channel back to research labs, helping improve the analysis and understanding of the data.

Smart phones are a unique tool for those doing research and are in need of field data collection. These sample apps use the smart phone and crowdsourcing to bring data from the field into a lab database. These apps help anyone with an interest in the science to report back observations and sightings of environmental or disease issues. The labs are able to expand their reach in terms of data collection and offer back to others the data for land or operation management decision making.

January 10, 2012

How much product to water do you need to cover a specific acreage? These agri-calculator apps can help save time.

Agri-production managers and staff often need to do a calculation while in the field or on the run. These are a sample of some of the smart phone tools available to help make decisions without having to head back to the home office.

January 10, 2012

Sometimes you just want to look something up. These apps offer specialized dictionaries or databases for niche information areas in agriculture.

These are a collection of specialized smart phone agriculture apps. These types of apps are primarily used as a lookup tool, either to help identify species, review a piece of regulation, or get the specifics on an issue.

January 10, 2012

Specialized apps provide an extension to farm management information systems, allowing for reporting while traveling.

While these apps might be free, some of information that drives the application may not be. These types of applications are mostly mobile extensions of a farm or operation management system. They allow for management and production staff to see how operations are working while on the road.

January 10, 2012

A sample of agriculture focused news applications. Most are actual applications while Syngenta Farm Mobile is a web site whose content is mobile focused. More smart phone agriculture news applications available.

January 10, 2012

What are some of the major news providers offering to mobile users?

This is just a sample of the news services that offer their information through a mobile application or a mobile focused web page.