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Top apps for farmers

  • The Square (iPhone, Droid)
    This app is a farmer’s market dealer’s delight. It comes with a small white plastic square device that plugs into your phone’s audio jack to turn it into a portable credit card reader/cash register. Receipts are sent immediately to the customer via email. Transactions are deposited into your bank account within a day, and cost 2.75% per swipe.
  • AgWired (iPhone)
    Agrimarketing news, filtered by key word categories, from the ZimmComm News Network and its agwired.com online community of farmers, ranchers, agribusiness, farm groups, ag media, freelancers and advertising and public relations agencies. Includes podcasts, Twitter feeds, YouTube videos and Flickr photos.
  • SoilWeb  (iPhone)
    Free GPS-based soil search application that accesses USDA-NCRS soil categories based on your present location. Information about soil chemical and physical properties, suitability for various uses and crops.
  • PureSense (iPhone and Droid)
    Helps farmers in drought-stricken places monitor how much water is in their soil at various locations and in real time. Monitoring stations placed throughout growers’ fields send data through the Internet every 15 minutes, and the PureSense application allows the grower to access that information in the field.
  • IPM Scout (iPhone)
    Free application that showcases a large variety of pests and diseases and helps monitor, track and keep records of what you find. Geared towards turfgrass managers, but useful for farmers too.
  • Remember the Milk (iPhone and Droid)
    This app actually has nothing to do with cows – it's an advanced 'to do' list. Many farmers swear by it, however, saying it has helped increase their productivity.
  • Evernote (iPhone, Droid, Blackberry)
    A multi-platform note-taking program that can be used and synched between your desktop, laptop, or phone. Use it to take written or oral notes at meetings, clip web pages, photograph business cards to compile contact lists, and keep track of important pieces of information like frequent flier numbers, equipment maintenance and parts numbers.
  • Bubble (Droid), Bubble Level (iPhone)
    Basically a bubble level, this app is surprisingly useful around the farm.
  • Target Date (Droid), Date Calculator (iPhone)
    Need to figure out planting and harvest dates? These simple programs calculate time between two dates, or a date in the future (such as 100 days from now).
  • Weather Bug (Droid, iPhone, Blackberry)
    Wind speed and direction, radar maps, severe weather alerts – pretty much everything you want to know about the weather. 
  • Real Calc (Droid), Convert (iPhone)
    Need to figure out the number of acres for any given pass of the corn planter? These apps can do on-the-fly unit conversions, as well as complicated equations.
  • Landscape & Garden Calculators (Droid), Distance (iPhone)
    Measure fields, distance to water, or create maps using these apps, which take advantage of GPS and Google Maps.
  • Apple-Tree Spacing App (iPhone)
    A planting aid for commercial apple growers, this app calculates proper tree placing based on rootstock, irrigation and other growth factors.
  • Current Commodities (Droid), Commodity Markets (iPhone)
    For a quick look at what the corn market is doing, these apps collect data from sources like Yahoo! Finance and Bloomberg.
  • Growing Degree Days (iPhone, Droid)
    Measures the maturity of your crop by viewing current and past growing degree days data for your farm’s location. Growing degree days (GDD) are a measure of heat accumulation used in agriculture to predict the date that crops will reach maturity.

BirdsEyeTop apps for scientists

  • Molecules (iPhone), MolSim (iPhone)
    The first is a free app that allows you to view 3-D molecules and manipulate them using your fingers, while the second is a real-time 2-D molecular simulation of spherical atoms that allows you to explore the phase diagram by varying density and temperature.
  • Atom in a Box (iPhone)
    Lets you explore what a hydrogen atom "looks like" via real-time rendering of its electron’s orbitals.
  • Genetic Decoder (iPhone)
    An elegant app that lets you input RNA codons and outputs amino acid information.
  • Promega(iPhone)
    A protocols and applications guide provides quick access to technical tips, example data, experimental protocols and multimedia presentations covering most common laboratory procedures.
  • NEB Tools (iPhone)
    For molecular biologists who design new lengths of DNA, this free app from New England Biolabs (NEB), allows you to quickly reference any enzyme, with two main features, a restriction enzyme finder and a double digest analyzer.
  • Modality (iPhone)
    This company produces a slew of educational apps, including flash cards and atlases in anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, and neuroscience.
  • The Chemical Touch (iPhone), EleMints (iPhone)
    A touch sensitive periodic table on one side and amino acid companion on the other, The Chemical Touch allows you to recolor the periodic table to display trends in selected properties, including density, melting point, boiling point, atomic radius, and electronegativity. EleMints also offers a Plot Graph, Element listing and Molar Mass Calculator.
  • iScience (iPhone),  Formulas Lite (Droid)
    A collection of formulas from math, physics and chemistry, as well as a periodic table of elements.
  • Daily Calcs (iPhone), LabCal (iPhone), Solutions (iPhone)
    Apps to handle molarity calculations, molecular weight, dilutions, unit conversions, stock solutions and cell culture references.
  • Lab Timer (iPhone)
    Free app with up to four separate timers that is handy for those doing work at the bench.
  • Call For Papers(iPhone)
    Helps you keep track of information about upcoming conferences and journal publications. It retrieves the data from WikiCFP, which is used by the majority of researchers and education institutions to announce paper submission deadlines.
  • Primer Jot (iPhone), Bio-Rad (iPhone)
    Primer Jot is a simple way to keep your primers and oligos in order, for those who run PCRs regularly. Bio-Rad includes a qPCR Guide for researchers, an interactive troubleshooting tool for resolving problems relating to real-time PCR assays, and an assay design section.
  • Buffers (iPhone)
    A tool for designing buffer solutions for pH control, this app provides a reference of available buffering agents as well as a portable buffer calculator for chemical, biochemical and biological research.
  • Mendeley(iPhone)
    Academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital library. It gathers document details from PDFs, allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite, and looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically, importing papers quickly and easily from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM and IEEE.
  • Strike and Dip (iPhone)
    For geology buffs, this app turns a GPS-enabled iPhone into a pocket transit. It allows you to take strike & dip measurements, bearings and plunge, while simultaneously getting your latitude, longitude, and elevation.
  • Star Walk (iPhone), Clear Sky (Droid), Google Sky (Droid)
    Enables you to point your iPhone at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time.

Top apps for the rest of us

  • MoBoogie (Droid)
    Developed by Geri Gay and her team of students and colleagues from the departments of Communication and Information Science, this app allows people to generate music by moving their bodies. It uses the phone's built-in censors, the accelerometers and gyroscopes, to trigger changes in music with users' movements. The hope is that it will encourage kids to shake off obesity.
  • Farmers' Market Companion (iPhone)
    Want some help identifying the unusual piece of produce you just encountered at the grocery store or farmer's market? This app provides information on 34 fruits and 53 vegetables, including a brief history of the produce, how to select and store the produce and tips on how to best prepare the fruit or vegetable for eating. It also includes a shopping list feature, so users can be reminded of items to look for when they head to the farmer's market, and some guides to what produce might be available at the market during certain seasons.
  • Vegetable Gardening Guide (iPhone)
    A basic introduction to gardening that contains planting and spacing information, variety reviews and recipe suggestions.
  • Locavore (iPhone)
    Handy if you want to know what’s actually being grown near you (or elsewere), and what is most likely to taste the best right now.
  • HarvestMark (iPhone)
    Follow your food from farm to fork with this app that allow you to scan barcodes to find out what's in the item, when and where it was manufactured, and if the product has ever been subject to a recall.
  • Good Guide (iPhone)
    Scan the barcode of personal care, household chemical, toy and food products to see how they rate for health, environment and social responsibility.
  • Still Tasty (iPhone)
    How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe and tasty? What's the best way to store it? A handy reference, with alerts.
  • Drync Wine (iPhone), Swirl (Droid), Fromage (iPhone)
    Wine and cheese lovers can rejoice at these comprehensive guides.
  • Landscapedia (iPhone)
    This exhaustive plant reference (with information on more than 35,000 plants sorted by up to 30 characteristics) lets you go beyond the little species tags that you find in most nurseries to find what’s really right for your yard or edible estate.
  • BirdsEye (iPhone)
    Using current observations being submitted to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by thousands of 'citizen scientists' in the United States and Canada, BirdsEye shows you what birds are being seen nearby, leads you to great places to see birds, and helps you grow your birding life list with birds you’ve never seen. Also includes sound and photos.
  • Project Noah (iPhone)
    A tool that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and a common technology platform that research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. This app has a field guide to wildlife near your current location. You can add to its species database by photographing and “tagging” organisms you observe. And you can participate in defined missions that range from photographing specific frogs or flowers to tracking migrating birds or invasive species.
  • greenMeter (iPhone), Mileage (Droid)
    The first application taps into the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer to gauge the car’s rate of forward acceleration, which in turn informs a series of real-time vehicle readings like fuel efficiency (miles per gallon) and carbon footprint. The second is much simpler, requiring you to enter fuel purchase data to ultimately display fun stats like fuel economy and expenses.

Twitter

  • @CornellCALS – Keep up with the latest news from around the College by following the CALS Twitter feed!
  • @Cornell_Univ – The official main Cornell University Twitter feed.
  • @BeginningFarms – Cornell Small Farms Program (www.nybeginningfarmers.org) posts tweets of interest to new farmers
  • @DrHolly – Cornell entomologist and Science Cabaret radio (http://sciencecabaret.podomatic.com/) host Holly Menninger is a great communicator of all things science and maintains a fun feed.
  • @CornellWoodlot – Cornell forester Peter Smallidge maintains this feed about all maple, trees and woodlot management.
  • @cornelldairy – Keep up with the latest Cornell ice cream stocks, cheesemaking workshops, and Stocking Hall renovations via this Cornell Dairy feed.
  • @cceflgp – All the latest news about New York viticulture from the Cornell Finger Lakes Grape Program.
  • @CUSocialMedia – Members of the Social Media Lab tweet about activities in the Department of Communication.
  • @sapsuckerwoods – Tweets from the tweeters at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • @nyculla – NYC based farmer's daughter who is trying to close the urban/rural divide.
  • @Farmerjeremy – Central New York dairy farmer.
  • @NYFarmer – Fourth generation female dairy farmer, cheesemaker and ag activist.
  • @FarmBureau – American Farm Bureau.
  • @NYAgriWomen – New York affiliate of American Agri-Women posts frequent agfacts and industry news. (http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkAgriWomen)
  • @nofaNY – Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. (www.nofany.org)
  • @farmconnect – Social networking site for farmers and food lovers.
  • @foodlinkNY – Regional foodbank for Finger Lakes region.
  • @goodfoodjobs – A jobs search site and blog for those who want to work with food on any level – from agriculture and production to culinary, media, design or education -  started by two young Cornell alumnae.
  • @foodsafetynews – Daily online newspaper about food safety.
  • @PopSci – Great way to keep up on all sorts of interesting science news.
  • @physorg_com – A feed featuring all the latest scientific studies.
  • @Birdie_NYC – Fun feed written from the perspective of the bird mascot of GreeNYC, promoting environmentalism in New York City.

For an exhaustive list of nearly 800 agricultural tweeters compiled by @FollowFarmer, visit www.dataforag.com/followfarmer.a5w
Tip: To find agriculture and food related tweets at any time (or to have your tweets found by others) search/use the #agchat and #foodchat hashtags. There are also  live tweet sessions (http://agchat.org/about/twitter-agchat-foodchat%20%E2%80%8E) on topic related to food, fuel and fiber every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Farmblogs

  • AgWired – Agriculture meets media technology.
  • Advocates for Agriculture – South Dakota rancher Troy Hadrick monitors media and passes along ag news.
  • Ag on the forefront – Kelsey Pope in Nebraska talks mostly about the animal side of agriculture.
  • Ag Recruiting – Ag from a human resources perspective, by Iowa agribusiness recruiter Jason Lehnst.
  • Beginning Farmers – Resource for new farmers from the Cornell Beginning Farmers Program.
  • Civil Eats – Collaborative site about sustainable agriculture and local food, with special sections for young farmers and urban gardeners.
  • Cornell Horticulture – It’s amazing how much happens in the Department of Horticulture!
  • Environmental Stew – A fun exploration of how farmers and agribusinesses practice environmental stewardship by Wisconsin student Kelliann Blazek.
  • Farm to Table – Collaborative effort covering a range of topics relevant to the local foods community.
  • Hen and Harvest – Answers to home gardeners and those looking to live more sustainably.
  • James and the Giant Corn – Agriculture through the eyes of a geneticist.
  • Meat Geek – All things meat from Penn State prof Chris Raines – also tweets as @iTweetMeat
  • Ray-Lin Dairy – Popular blog from a California dairy farmer.
  • Round Robin – Blog from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • The Dairyman’s Blog – Will Gilmer of Gilmer Dairy in Sulligent, Alabama puts together thoughts about the farm and agriculture.
  • The Scientist Gardener – Its pretty much what it sounds like.