More and more producers use smartphones as an important farm management tool, and a July 22 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program will cover some of the newest and best agricultural phone applications available.
“Having access to farm records and management tools make truck and tractor cabs a vital part of the farm office,” said Fred Hall, AgriLife Extension agent for Tarrant County.
The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the conference room at the Tarrant County Resource Connection, 1100 Circle Drive in Fort Worth.
Registration is $25, which includes hand-outs and materials, lunch and two general category continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. The deadline to register is July 20 and can be done online here.
The program will cover all aspects of using smartphone applications in agriculture. This will include some hands on time “so bring your phones and be prepared to ask questions,” Hall said.
Dr. Blake Bennett, AgriLife Extension economist in Dallas, and Austin Miles, research assistant with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, will walk through some of the newest and most popular agricultural apps. Miles will also demonstrate some handy smartphone capabilities farmers might not know about. In addition, Hall will demonstrate some of his favorite apps and ways to apply them to farming.
Agricultural apps provide easier record keeping and calculations for everything from how much of certain chemicals to mix for application to formulating least cost rations with commodity ingredients, Hall said.
For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Tarrant County at 817-884-1946.