10 Mobile App Ideas for Boosting Productivity in Farming and Agriculture

Mar 23, 2016

 

Mobile Apps for Farming and Agriculture

Farming and agriculture has never been more competitive. Facing the challenges of a changing climate, increasing costs, and global pressures on grain and feed, farmers need to make the most out of existing resources to maximize profits.

Mobile apps can help farming and agriculture businesses stay connected in real-time to workers in the field, and improve efficiency throughout the entire operation.

Here are ten ideas for improving productivity with mobile apps.

1. Manage staff in the field

Improve accountability and productivity by having employees or contract workers fill in mobile timesheets on the job. Record more accurate start and end times, track break times and durations, capture GPS locations and more.

2. Track and maintain equipment fleets

Keep track of equipment in use, locations, schedules, and issues with real-time updates from the field. Look up past service records or maintenance logs from mobile devices, anywhere. Report on fuel consumption and other indicators to improve preventative maintenance.

3. Record pickups and deliveries

Replace existing spreadsheets or paper forms with flexible mobile apps to track pickups and deliveries of crops, seeds, livestock or other items in real-time. Record signatures, pictures, weight, volume, location, status, time, or anything else you want to track by building your own custom mobile forms.

4. Empower mobile sales teams

For sales teams that are always on the go, create apps to automate sales quotes and estimates. Streamline the approval process by having sales quotes sent directly to management for approval within the same app. Distribute sales materials to smartphones or tablets for immediate access by mobile sales teams.

5. Record chemical spray data

Design mobile data collection forms to fill in chemicals used, weather conditions, GPS locations, time, and more. Perform on-device calculations online or offline. Create an accurate, electronic audit trail of all spray activity for customers or regulatory bodies.

6. Access regulations and standards

Maintain an up-to-date document library of environmental regulations or government standards, readily accessible from mobile devices in the field.

7. Integrate custom mobile forms with GIS mapping software

If you already use GIS software to manage different areas of a farm, you can create custom mobile data collection and workflow forms to integrate with that software. For example, click on a geographic location to launch a corresponding form, fill out the required data, and have the area marked as completed automatically.

8. Estimate or calculate yields

Use apps to perform instant, on-device calculations based on standard input data. Get instant reports on yields or projected yields.

9. Leverage RFID for accurate measurements

Use RFID sensors to record pH, moisture, temperature, or humidity and gather the data with NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets such as Android devices.

10. Access and submit inspection reports

Ensure that your inspection reports are always accurate and up-to-date by submitting them from mobile devices directly from the field. Improve quality control by enabling two-way data transfer between record-keeping databases and mobile devices.


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