By Jacquie Pirnie - August 12, 2014
Tags: app, app optimisation, consumer apps, data, mobile apps, problem solver, small business apps, Time Management
Farmers and other people from rural communities aren’t exactly known for being too terribly tech savvy. It may be a stereotype, but it’s a commonly held belief nonetheless. Similarly, farmers are often placed in their own little business category – forgotten when the topic of small business comes around because they’re believed to be in a class by themselves.
This manner of thinking is wrong. People from rural communities are just as likely to be tech savvy as those from major cities, and farmers are just as much small business owners as any other business that stands on its own today. To prove this, I’m going to cover a few apps dairy farmers can use to make their lives easier and their business more efficient.
Climate Mobile is a free app available on Apple’s App Store that will show you the last sixty years’ worth of temperature, rainfall, and even radiation data. It’ll also calculate heat sums, and estimate the amount of water and nitrate accumulation in a given patch of soil, giving farmers everything they need to know when and where to plant, and what types of crops are most likely to thrive.
Pro Dairy Event may not be free, but it’s an app that shows the historical data of cows, from an entire herd to each individual cow you own. It also makes it easier to track and manage the various events that each cow goes through, notifying you of upcoming medications or vet visits each cow requires. It also even has an alarm for prime milking times, and all the information can be managed between your mobile devices and home computer.
F-Track Live is probably the most expensive app farmers are offered, but it’s also one of the most useful. You can try it out for free for 30 days before paying either $24.99 a month or $249.99 a year. It’s a management app that keeps track of your stock, crops, reference information and tasks in real time – virtually eliminating the need for paper records! It also tracks your livestock, fuel usage and pretty much every single aspect of farming to help you run your farm more efficiently.
These are just a few examples of how apps can help even a farmer run his/her business more efficiently than ever before, and all they need is a smartphone on hand to make use of these apps and dozens of others. If apps can do all that for farmers, why not look into what apps can do for your small business today?