With the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, it comes as little surprise that mobile apps have become wildly popular.
This chart shows the growth in people searching for mobile app-related content on Google since 2008:
As the number of mobile apps has grown so has the number of agriculture apps. That being said, it’s not particularly easy to find them.
The app stores are a direct source of apps but there are other sources that have done some of the legwork for you, including some popular industry publications. The following lists a few places you might start with:
Farms.com has an entire section devoted to agriculture apps. Each app includes a short description, some screen shots of what it looks like, and a helpful drop-down menu with direct links to the iTunes or Google Play Store so you can download the app:
CropLife publishes an annual Best New Ag Apps review article. From this 2015 article, you can also find links to roundup articles dating back to 2011.
Ag Professional has an excellent article about agriculture apps broken down by category. If any of the apps on this list appeal to you, search for the name of the app and try them out.
Agriculture.com hosts a list of mobile apps (some of which are sponsored) that notes on which systems the apps are available and provides direct links to the apps so you can install them right from your phone.
Yahoo! Small Business features a short best-of list of ag apps for the iPhone and iPad.
Farming With Apps is a directory site devoted exclusively to farming apps.
Each app listed on the site features a fairly extensive profile that includes the platforms the app is available on, country of origin, costs, the app website, description and screenshots of what the app looks like, and a video demo if one is available.
Finally, don’t forget to ask your peers about what apps they use and what they like or dislike about them. Word of mouth is still a great resource and can be one of the easiest ways to find the perfect app for you.