How to Stay in the Feed
Farmers are turning to new agriculture and social media tools for information, sharing ideas with each other and even the products they need. The best part – the apps can be used anywhere – even when the farmers are in the field. All it takes is a smart phone. Android, Blackberry and iPhones are becoming as important as the farming equipment that is being taken into the fields.
Providing information about the weather, soil management or sharing news with other farmers, the new agricultural and social media tools are being developed by a number of companies. Agri ImaGIS Technologies in Fargo, North Dakota is a family owned business that has developed software for smart phones and iPads. Basically turning the tractor into a business on wheels, users can buy and sell items using the apps or they can use them for problem solving. Resulting in an increase in productivity as well as providing information for a variety of needs, the apps are bringing farms into the world of technology.
Currently there are a number of agriculture and social media apps available and many are free to download. For example, Common Diseases of Farm Animal is one. This app contains information on disease among farm animals – parasitic, surgical and infectious diseases – as well as determining the age of animals. This is available for the Android.
Another agriculture and social media app that is available for iPhone and Android users is the NPIPM Soybean Guide. This is a free app that provides information on options for managing insect and arthropod pests that can affect soybeans being grown in Kansa, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Currently a majority of the agricultural and social media apps that are available are Windows-based; however, this is an expanding field and applications are being developed frequently. Agriculture is rapidly joining the digital information age. Many fourth and fifth generation farmers have grown up in the digital age and computers and technology are tools that can provide a wealth of information.