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Agricultural Mobile Apps: A review and update of economics apps

This article provides a review and update of some of the current “economics apps” for agriculture. This section presents apps that can assist farmers in checking the price of the grain, estimating fertilizer and total production costs, computing annual leases, and checking general grain commodity prices at the exchange market and also at different local grain elevators, among several other features.

While these apps can often help you make quick decisions, always make sure to check with your crop consultants, Extension agents, and Extension specialists (Agricultural Economists, Dept. of Agricultural Economics).

Stay tuned for more in this series of annual reviews and updates on Ag-Apps from our KSUCROPS Crop Production team (led by Dr. Ciampitti) and the K-State Department of Agronomy! More updated lists of Ag-Apps will be included in the next several editions of the Agronomy eUpdates.

NOTE: These apps are all available as of the time this article is published. Alterations or changes in availability could occur, affecting the ability to access these apps.

For this series of articles, we have grouped Ag-Apps into the following 10 classifications:

  • ID Apps: For identification purposes (weeds, insects, diseases, and nutrients)
  • CALC Apps: For calculating purposes (nutrient removal calculations, tank mixes, volume to spray, etc.)
  • SCOUT Apps: For scouting purposes or for geo-positioning (soil sampling, recording notes, soil types, etc.).
  • ECON Apps: For checking grain prices, market evolutions, fertilizer price trends, news and finances.
  • GUIDE Apps: For diagnosing crop production issues in the field, primarily related to field guides (crop management: insect, disease, weed, and more).
  • LIVESTOCK Apps: Apps related to the animal side, nutrition, health, and information on markets.
  • IRRIGATION Apps: Apps related to field crop irrigation and water application.
  • MACHINERY Apps: Apps for associated with agricultural equipment preparation, inventory, providing information of the machine.
  • GAG Apps: GAG (general Ag-Apps) for general use, weather-related, for meetings, for reading magazines, among several other Apps’ properties.
  • NON-AG Apps: For general use from e-readers to calculators, email, calendar, picture editing, and more.
     

 

4. Economics Apps

 

These apps are primarily utilized for checking grain prices, market evolutions, fertilizer price trends, news and finances.

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Economics Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

CHS – Grain Trading

Telvent DTN, LLC

This app is the solution for producers to receive the price of grain.  You will be able to make, manage, and monitor your offers to sell.

FREE

 

 

iOS

 

Android

Crop Cost

Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Crop Cost is designed to help agricultural producers calculate their cost of production per crop unit, assisting them in executing a successful marketing plan.

FREE

 

iOS

 

AgWeb News & Markets

Farm Journal, Inc.

Get the latest agribusiness news and advice. Read ag management news, farm business blogs and articles from one trusted source.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

 

 

 

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Economics Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

CNN Money

CNNMoney.com

Keep up with real-time changes to your stocks and funds with a personalized Watchlist. Access the latest business news, key market trends and analysis.

FREE

 

iOS

 

Android

N Price Calculator

Univ. of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management Program

This app allows you to compare the price of various forms of nitrogen fertilizer products in terms of their price per pound of nitrogen.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

Cash Grain Bids

Farm Journal, Inc.

See what your local grain elevators are paying.  Simply input your ZIP code to find out cash bids and basis levels in your area. Get bids from not one, but five elevators closest to you.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

CE Budgets

University of Arkansas

 

This app assists producers and other agricultural stakeholders in evaluating expected costs and returns for the upcoming field crop production year.

FREE

iOS

 

Farm Futures

iNet Solutions Group

 

This app features enhanced user-customized markets, market commentary, news and audio updated every business day.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

Fertilizer Cost

Smith Farm Apps

This app estimates the value of Nitrogen per unit of Phosphorus source, along with the cost per unit of P2O5 with or without the Nitrogen value.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

 

 

 

 

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Economics Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

AGDirect Mobile

Farm Credit Services of America

This app computes finance and lease quotes, including annual and semiannual payments.

FREE

 

iOS

 

Android

CVA Coop

Central Valley Ag

The CVA Coop app brings you real-time cash bid and futures prices, in addition to updated weather and the latest agricultural news.

FREE

iOS

 

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Telvent DTN, LLC

This app meets your information needs with access to award-winning agriculture news, commodity market data, and industry-specific weather intelligence.

FREE

iOS

 

 

 

Each of the next six issues of the eUpdate will feature another classification of Ag-Apps from our KSUCROPS Crop Production team and the K-State Department of Agronomy!

 

Ignacio A. Ciampitti, Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist
ciampitti@ksu.edu

Jeffrey Albers, Agronomy undergraduate student in crop production, KSUCROPS Team
jjalbers@ksu.edu