Aphids can devastate a soybean crop but Canadian farmers can now get help from an app developed by the University of Guelph in Ontario. That’s just one example of how farmers are increasingly using their smartphones to improve the efficiency of their operations.
Only two per cent of Canadians are farmers so there is only a small market for apps so development has been slow. Some farmers are developing their own.
Some farmers are putting up small cameras in their fields or barns to keep tabs on things from a distance. Others are using software to determine the cost and feasibility of different materials and techniques.