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Four top apps for agriculture

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There are a plethora of applications out there for farmers who are keen to stay ahead of the game when it comes to the latest and greatest new technologies in agriculture. Here we profile four of them.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries Crop Disease Application
This app allows farmers and agricultural consultants to identify crop varieties and disease ratings.

It was developed by a team of grains pathologist researchers with the hope to enhance farmers' disease identification skills and promote the early detection of exotic crop diseases.

According to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries the app combines resistance ratings from its Cereal and Pulse Disease Guides with crop information from the Victorian Winter Crop Summary to help users make more iformed crop management decisions.

The app comprises images of crop diseases allowing users to compare symptoms with what they're seeing on their own crops and also share their own images with other users.

For more information head to http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/grain-crops/crop-diseases-application-for-smartphones

CropMate VarietyChooser
This app allows farmers to choose both the variety of crop they'd like, whether it be barley, canola, chickpeas, lupin or wheat, as well as the disease resistance levels and yield trial data.

It's designed for both iPhone and iPad devices and is available free from the iTunes store.Head to https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cropmate-varietychooser/id476014848?ls=1&mt=8

According to Stock and Land, this app provides open access to the best and most up-to-date information for soil at any location in the country within a matter of seconds.

Farmers can learn how to manage their land more effectively by receiving almost-immediate information on his/her land's soil depth, acidity, salinity, soil carbon, water and holding capacity.

The app has been developed by the Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program and CSIRO (this is its first app!), with funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Click here for more information.

Elders Weather
This app allows users to add up to 10 favourite locations and includes information on ideal spraying conditions,  seven day forecasts, 12 month rainfall figures, the temperature over the past 24 hours and UV ratings.

It also provides national satellite images, rain forecast maps, rain projections, and 12 month forecasts for particular districts.

For more information head to https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/id471794656?mt=8

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