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05.02.1310:21 AM ET

Smartphone Apps for the 21st Century Farmer

First tractors with GPS, now farmers coordinating things with an iPhone app? Progress is scary.

The app tracks everything needed in a farm’s upkeep, says iCropTrak’s Aaron Hutchinson—from tillage, to planting, to irrigation, to scouting, to spraying, to harvest, to soil sampling. The service also connects labourers, ensuring everyone is aware of completed and uncompleted tasks. Fields are divided up using map data, allowing farm owners to analyse each section of their farm to see whether wheat, for example, is performing better than maize (corn).

[Video: Rodney Atkin's "Farmer's Daughter" has very little to do with this post, but I couldn't resist.]

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