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John Blue - Apps For Agriculture

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Apps For Agriculture - John Blue, presented at the 2016 Spring Conference, March 5, 2016, Indianapolis, IN, USA, with presentation notes.

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John Blue - Apps For Agriculture

  1. 1. Apps For Agriculture TruffleMedia.com/apps4ag Welcome to the session “Apps For Agriculture” This presentation and additional links to agriculture apps can be found at TruffleMedia.com/apps4ag
  2. 2. Truffle Media Ned Arthur, Director of Sales and Content Development John Blue, Chief of Community Creation Hi, My name is John Blue and I work at Truffle Media Networks, an agriculture media company focused on agriculture animal health issues.
  3. 3. Thanks to the Indiana Farm Bureau for the opportunity to provide you information you can use. Thanks to the Indiana Farm Bureau for the opportunity to provide you information you can use.
  4. 4. Goals: Learn where to find apps. Learn about ratings & reviews of apps. Discover some apps used by others.
  5. 5. What apps on your phone do you use the most? What are the apps on your phone you use the most? This is an example of apps on my iPhone and iPad. Some I still use, some have fallen out of use due to not solving a need or are no longer supported.
  6. 6. Apps? What is an app?
  7. 7. What problems are you trying to solve with an app? Make decisions? Save time, be more productive? Make / save more money? Be entertained? What problems are you trying to solve with an app? Apps ideally are trying to help you make decisions, save time/be more productive, make or save money, or be entertained.
  8. 8. iOS App Store has over 1.5 million apps Android Google Play has over 1.6 million apps Perspective on the apps available
  9. 9. There are two main places to get apps on to your smartphone: Google Play Store for android devices
  10. 10. And the Apple iTunes apps store for iPhones & iPads.
  11. 11. App example: An app listed on the stores will usually have info on what it is, screen shots of the app, when it was published,
  12. 12. App example: An app listed on the stores will usually have info on what it is, screen shots of the app, when it was published,
  13. 13. App stores also (usually) share info on apps that are similar based on what other people have downloaded.
  14. 14. This is an Apple Apps store view, similar to that of the Google Play store. (share what is on the page)
  15. 15. The stores share related apps, on the idea that you might like these because they are similar to what you are looking at. (share apps by same vendor and apps similar to what other bought)
  16. 16. FYI: These bits of information can help you decide to use or not use an app. Missing ratings or costs associated with using a “free” app might sway you.
  17. 17. Also, the date an app was last updated is good to know. If an app has not been updated in over two years then the app may no longer be supported and/or the app will not work on newer smartphone operating systems.
  18. 18. Sometimes there is additional information on the number of installations and in app purchase costs.
  19. 19. Best App? What makes it “Best”? Best App? What makes it “Best”?
  20. 20. Best Tractor? What makes it “Best”? Question to audience: what makes the “best tractor”?
  21. 21. Best App? What makes it “Best”? http://agtoday.us/21E9Slb http://agtoday.us/166eDtfhttp://appsilo.co In the next few slides I’ll show some indicators to help identify “best”.
  22. 22. Best App? What makes it “Best”? The ratings can help be an indicator. No ratings does not mean it is bad. But more ratings can provide a better sense of usefulness.
  23. 23. Best App? What makes it “Best”? Reviews with notes from people can be another indicator to help you decide to use the app.
  24. 24. Some apps can be “best” because they are related to apps similar the one shown.
  25. 25. Also, there can be related apps by the same app developer. If one app is good, their others might also be good.
  26. 26. Best App? What makes it “Best”? http://agtoday.us/21E9Slb http://agtoday.us/166eDtf http://agtoday.us/1Y3cwLK http://agtoday.us/1Y3cSCe Media reviews of apps can help.
  27. 27. http://agtoday.us/21E9Slb Crop life has been publishing app updates for several years. I would say these are less reviews and more about an FYI that these apps exist. In their posts there is nothing to say the app has actually been used or tested by the writer.
  28. 28. http://agtoday.us/166eDtf AgWeb app finder has some items that may be of value. It has a list of ~80 ag apps with some links. The reviews stars are provided by the media editors, but actual use or testing is unknown.
  29. 29. http://agtoday.us/1Y3cwLK Agriculture.com has info on about 100 apps.
  30. 30. http://agtoday.us/1Y3cSCe Farms.com offers a good interface to sort through over 150 apps for a specific solution.
  31. 31. Another route to finding apps: Ask people you know. This is Jeff Fowle, a rancher in California, shares his app recommendation list.
  32. 32. Lynn Sosnoskie is a UCD weed scientist working in annual and perennial crops.
  33. 33. Chris Chinn is a 5th generation family farmer. Her recommendation of LogMeIn is a great one because this app allows you to log in to a computer in your office and use those apps, like looking up animal records or QuickBooks.
  34. 34. Will is a dairy farmer in Alabama.
  35. 35. Carolyn and her husband grow organic row crops and have a conventional pig farm in Southwestern Minnesota.
  36. 36. Some must have apps (my view of the world)
  37. 37. Google EvernoteDropbox Sheets Docs Calendar Drive Chrome Get stuff done tools These apps are general purpose and allow one to read or create apps for use with Microsoft office like apps, share files, browse the web, and capture notes.
  38. 38. Entertainment We all hand out devices to our kids... Movies, games, puzzles.
  39. 39. Banking We all need to check on our money. Many of these apps are really the same with just the brand and account details to fit you. These apps also offer digital deposit of checks, with limits on the size of the check.
  40. 40. Weather Weather. In ag this is important. And there are numerous weather apps. And they all offer different features and some cost money. The “best” is going to be what you need for your region.
  41. 41. Social Social apps help you stay connected. All the main social channels have an app.
  42. 42. News & info These are two apps I recommend to read news and info. Feedly is best for collecting, organizing, and sharing news and media things. Flipboard is more for casual browsing.
  43. 43. News & info: 100’s more to try out! And there are a ton of news apps. It seems every media outlet has one. I would stick with national / well know brands as the experience will be much better.
  44. 44. Ag specific news, markets, & weather News in ag can be specific and there are apps for that. Most of the major ag media outlets have an app. And for markets and commodities there are apps too.
  45. 45. Square app is the best for when you need to sell something and you want to take credit cards.
  46. 46. Some selected Ag Apps via Phillip Sylvester Extension Agriculture Agent University of Delaware Kent County (302) 730-4000 Phillip@udel.edu
  47. 47. CheckIT is a diagnostic tool to enable growers to identify nutrient problems in crops.
  48. 48. The AgPHd Field Guide is an app to help with pest detection and provide news and supporting information.
  49. 49. This app will help calculate number of loads required to spray your acreage, along with full/partial load mixes of the chemicals you select.
  50. 50. Scouting app to help in identifying weeds, insects, & diseases. Data can be used in reports and integrated with other software.
  51. 51. App helps calculate effects of less than optimal moisture levels in grain.
  52. 52. News and information app that can be customized by location and crop portfolio.
  53. 53. Integrated tool set for Growing Degree Unit, Precipitation Estimator, and Growth Stage Estimator.
  54. 54. Again, these recommendaJons were via Phillip Sylvester Extension Agriculture Agent University of Delaware Kent County (302) 730-4000 Phillip@udel.edu
  55. 55. https://twit.tv/shows/ios-today http://twit.tv/show/all-about-android General apps: Where can I learn more about apps in general, reviews, etc.?
  56. 56. Apps For Agriculture TruffleMedia.com/apps4ag Thanks again for joining the session “Apps For Agriculture” This presentation and additional links to agriculture apps can be found at TruffleMedia.com/apps4ag
  57. 57. Thanks to the Indiana Farm Bureau for the opportunity to provide you information you can use. Thanks again to the Indiana Farm Bureau for the opportunity to provide you information you can use.
  58. 58. Contact Information info@TruffleMedia.com @TruffleMedia TruffleMedia.com/Facebook (877) 558-7833 TruffleMedia.com

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