As the number of farmers using smartphones increases, so too does the range of farming applications, or 'apps', available to help with day-to-day farming tasks.
Teagasc has launched a new fertiliser-tracking application that allows farmers to check their fertiliser usage at any time and in any place.
Developed by Furious Tribe for Vodafone Ireland, the app contains an interactive 'fertiliser tracker' which can be used by farmers to record fertiliser purchases and compare the total Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P) and Potassium (K) actually used to their annual fertiliser plan.
The idea was the brainchild of three Teagasc advisers, Fintan Monahan, Stuart Childs and Gordon Peppard, who wanted a tool that could help their clients keep track of their fertiliser purchases and usage. The advisory trio received a Teagasc innovation award for their concept.
The Teagasc app is now available for free on the App Store for iPhone users and the Play Store for Android users.
However, Teagasc is not alone in developing apps with farmer users in mind.
Kerry farmer Tommie Slattery is behind new company Smart Farm Apps, which offers three applications for smartphones, covering breeding, dairy events and grassland management.
The cattle breeding app allows farmers to record and monitor pre-mating heat, first heat, AI, scanning results, dry off dates and calving dates quickly and easily. The grassland management app allows farmers to record individual paddock and farm grass measurements. The information is then used to create a grass wedge and calculate daily grass demand, pre-grazing yield targets and many more.
More than 300 Smart Farm Apps have already been sold to more than 20 countries, including Ireland, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.
Smart Farm Apps are available for both iPhone and Android phones.
- Caitriona Murphy
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