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Agricultural Mobile Apps: A review and update of irrigation apps

This article provides a review and update of some of the current “irrigation apps” for agriculture. These apps can assist farmers in the decision-making process of irrigating crops, including calculation of total irrigation water applied and the cost of the irrigation practice, estimation of soil water status (water used), and management of remotely controlled irrigation equipment, among several other features.

While these apps can often help you make decisions, always make sure to check with your crop consultants, Extension agents, and Extension specialists.

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.
  • FIELD 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.
  • GENERAL AG 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.

 

6. Irrigation Apps

Apps for field crop irrigation and estimation of water needs.

 

 

 

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Irrigation Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

Irr. Pumping Plant Efficiency Calc.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This app provides assistance in calculating the efficiency and savings related to more efficient irrigation systems.

$3.99

 

iOS

 

 Android

 

Crop Water

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This app provides an estimation of soil water status based on Watermark sensors installed at different soil depths. The app estimates water used.

FREE

 

iOS

 

Android

Water Meter Calculator

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This app provides an estimation of the total amount of inches of water applied by irrigation over time.

$2.99

iOS

 

 

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

irrigation Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

Agriculture Irrigation Costs

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This app provides information on irrigation costs for the most commonly used systems. It also compares costs of various alternatives.

$3.99

 

iOS

 

 Android

 

FieldNET Mobile

Lindsay Sales & Service LLC

This app can be utilized to remotely manage your pivots, laterals, drip/micro-irrigation systems, and pumps. Users can quickly monitor irrigation equipment.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

Smartirrigation Avacado

AgroClimate

This app is designed to help avocado growers in Florida generate irrigation schedule recommendations based on real-time weather and short-term forecasted data.

FREE

iOS

 

Smartirrigation Strawberry

AgroClimate

 

This app is designed to help strawberry growers in Florida generate irrigation schedule recommendations based on real-time weather and short-term data.

FREE

iOS

 

Smartirrigation Turf

AgroClimate

 

This app is designed to help urban turf irrigators in Florida and Georgia generate irrigation schedule recommendations based on real-time weather.

FREE

iOS

 

Smartirrigation Cotton

AgroClimate

This app is designed to assist cotton producers in Florida and Georgia irrigate cotton more efficiently.

FREE

iOS

 

Smartirrigation Citrus

AgroClimate

This app is designed to help citrus producers in Florida to generate irrigation schedule recommendations.

FREE

iOS

 

 

Each of the next three 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

Aaron Brinkman, Agronomy undergraduate student in crop production, KSUCROPS Team
aaron49@ksu.edu