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Homesteading & Farming Apps: To Make Life Easier

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Several apps for you to use to make farming and homesteading life easier.

In the long history of the electronic revolution, farming, gardening and homesteading is one area that has seen very little change. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it- right? Homesteading and Farming Apps can make your life easier.

What Are Farm and Homestead Apps?

One daunting task every homesteader loathes, but understands its necessity, is paperwork and record keeping. Busy hands often make forgetful minds and record keeping becomes a game of memory recall.

Apps, or applications, are programs you download to your smartphone. These applications are designed to allow you to perform a task. Whether that’s to play an online game or know when your cow will come in heat.

Apps were designed to make life easier by allowing you instant access to programs that will offer you advice in areas that you need and to take records of important details. Details that are often forgotten when you’re busy. Apps save you valuable time in the field and on the homestead.

farming and homesteading apps to make your life easier

Is There A Farmers App?

It comes as no surprise that mobile technology has yet to follow suit the same as it has in other areas of development. But times are changing. Now we have Homesteading & Farming Apps to make life easier. From keeping track of your eggs to letting you know when it’s going to rain.

Which App is The Best for Farming?

FieldBee Tractor GPS navigation

FieldBee
  • Cost: Free Trial
  • Rating 4.3 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

The FieldBee app is the number one professional tractor GPS navigation and precision agriculture app to optimize farm machinery operations.

Record keepingSave your work, create field records and automatically generate reports.

Field records. You will be able to input following data manually while working in the field:

  • type of operation
  • denomination and quantity of materials used (fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, etc.)

Automatic tracking. The following information can be added automatically to the field report from the GPS tracking:

  • type of operation
  • area and distance covered
  • machine used

Livestocked Livestock Manager

Livestocked
  • Cost: Free
  • Rating 4.1 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

Enjoy multi-species and multi-breed herd & flock management through one easy to use app…online or offline. If it’s cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses, alpacas, llamas or chickens – Livestocked can handle it.

ArgiApp Smart Farming App

  • Cost: Free
  • Rating: 4.4 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

AgriApp is a complete solution for crop production and management. It provides the best information on Crop Production, Crop Protection, smart farming with agriculture, and allied services.

In addition to being an information portal, it is also an online marketplace for bringing in farmers, Agri input, retailers & fulfillment services on a common digital platform.

AgriApp is the best Indian Agriculture App that helps farmers in many ways by providing services such as Crop Advisory, Soil Testing, Drone Services, Crop Practices & many more.

AgriApp is powered by passionate professionals & dreams about making agriculture more sustainable, in terms of both ecology and economy. This is an Agriculture App for Farmers that will be greatly beneficial to the farming community.

Flockstar Poultry Management

Flockstar
  • Cost: Free
  • Rating: 4.7 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

This App is a fun way to track our backyard flock’s egg production

  • Add your chickens to create a profile with breed, hatch date, and a profile picture.
  • Log an entry for each hen individually or in bulk each day.
  • View individual chicken stats and performance awards.
  • Calendar view with monthly stats and leaderboard. Drill into daily log view.
  • All Time performance view with egg trend line, fun stats and leaderboard.
  • Demo mode – load up a sample flock in Settings, to give the app a test drive. Be sure to erase the demo data before starting your flock.
  • Backup/restore your data on another device.

Got Chickens? Then Flockstar is most useful when you have a small flock and can tell apart your chicken’s eggs. However, you can also track egg production without selecting individual hens, using the Bulk Entry feature.

USDA Market News

  • Cost: Free
  • Available: All Devices

The USDA Market News mobile application gives you instant access to market reports and information published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA provides free, unbiased price and sales information to assist in the marketing and distribution of farm commodities.

This information gives farmers, producers, and agricultural businesses the information they need to evaluate market conditions, identify trends, make purchasing decisions, monitor price patterns, evaluate transportation equipment needs, and accurately assess commodity movement.

The Weather Channel Weather App

weather channel app as well as several others you need for the farm and homestead
  • Cost: Free
  • Rating: 4.6 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

The Weather Channel app offers the best radar maps, local forecasts, & weather news available. With our app and widgets, you can enjoy the best day possible with the most accurate forecast available. After all, when you see the world through weather, It’s Amazing Out There.

Our favorite features include:

  • Trusted forecasts include hourly, 36-hour, and 10-day forecast options (Celsius or Fahrenheit)
  • Weather Maps: Fast, accurate, and localized radar maps offer past and future radar as well as severe weather alerts for storm tracking and tornado activity.
  • Current weather conditions give you the “feels like” temperature.
  • In addition to current temps, the app also provides sunrise time, sunset time, wind speed, humidity, UV index, visibility, dew point, and pressure.

Which is The Best Homesteading App?

Whether you’re homesteading full time or part time, we all need to make an income. Am I right? While apps help make your homestead life easier, we can help you make money. Over 150 ways to make money off the homestead. Let me know if you’ve found a way to make money on your homestead that we didn’t mention.

We’re all in this together and if we can find ways to use apps (or make money) to help us with our farm and homestead life, let’s do it!

Pl@ntNet Plant Id App

Pl@netNet
  • Cost: Free
  • Rating 4.5 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

Pl@ntNet allows you to identify and better understand all kinds of plants living in nature: flowering plants, trees, grasses, conifers, ferns, vines, wild salads or cacti.

Pl@ntNet can also identify a large number of cultivated plants (in parks and gardens) but this is not its primary purpose. We especially need Pl@ntNet’s users to inventory the wild plants, those that you can observe in nature of course but also those that grow on the sidewalks of our cities or in the middle of your vegetable garden!

Planter Garden Planner

homesteading and farming apps to make your life easier
Planter Garden Planner
  • Cost: Free
  • Rating: 4.4 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

Arrange your garden and learn how to grow vegetables with this garden planner!

  • Companion and combative plant information
  • Gardening schedule for planting or transplanting times
  • Square foot gardening layout grid for easy spacing
  • Information on 50+ fruits and vegetables (and more each day!)
  • Ability to add custom plants if your favorite isn’t included yet

Planter™ makes gardening easier for both beginners and long-time gardener

Hive Tracks Beekeeping

beekeeping app as well as others to help you on the homestead and farm
Hive Tracks Beekeeping App
  • Cost: Free
  • Rating: 3.5 stars (The poor ratings came from customers that wanted the pro app for free not based on the quality of the app itself)
  • Available: All Devices

Free 30 day trial then there is a small fee based on how many hives you have

Hive Tracks for Android takes the rich, complex environment of the Hive Tracks web application and simplifies it for easy on-location and offline access to yard, hive, and hive inspections.

Use Android’s native camera and audio capabilities to capture your hive inspection in real-time.

The mobile app can be used with or without cell coverage, and in either case inspection data, photos, and audio are automatically synchronized with your hivetracks.com account whenever your mobile device has cell coverage.

If you are a free Hive Tracks user, you will be given the opportunity to subscribe to Hive Tracks Pro through the mobile app. If you are not a Hive Tracks user, please register for an account through hivetracks.com

Canning Timer and Checklist

canning and timer app in addition to several others to use on the farm and homestead
Canning Timer and Checklist
  • Cost: Free
  • Rating: 4.3 Stars
  • Available: All Devices

Select from over 40 popular foods used in home canning—including vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish—to generate a checklist and timer for processing.

This app lets set you set your jar size, pack type, canning method, and elevation. It also reminds you of the steps necessary to prepare jars and canning pots.

The timer is based on the specific information you enter. Canning Timer and Checklist is designed for people with previous canning experience.

Tips To Organize Your Homestead Kitchen

Obviously, there isn’t an app that can come and organize your kitchen (now THERE’s an app I could use!). Nonetheless, an organized homestead kitchen helps be function better. Nothing puts me a in a foul mood like a messy house.

To make the space effective, there are some things to consider. Having an organized, versatile, and clean homestead kitchen makes the space more functional – especially if your kitchen space isn’t a large one. 

Here are tips to help you organize your homestead kitchen.

Is there an Homestead and Farm App you use to make life easier?

If you have a homesteading and farming app that you can’t live without? Please comment and share it so we can add it to our list.

Do You Need a Farm and Homestead Break?

Although using the farm and homesteading apps do help make life easier, sometimes you just need a break. I know you might be laughing, isn’t farming AND vacation an oxymoron? Well, yes, it is. But that doesn’t mean unheard of.

We know how hard it is to get away from the farm so we’ve made a list of 10 Free Homestead Vacations. We’ve even included resources to find farm help while you’re away,

Apps from the homestead and farm to help make your life easier.

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Bruce

Sunday 31st of January 2021

We started using an online app called Farmrexx. After searching around for one that suited small hobby farmers, we decided on this one, It allows us to add any kind of livestock into the system and record treatments, joining, births and anything else that we need to record on the farm. We looked at a lot of others but most were too expensive for us as hobby farmers. The other reason was that we could add any kind of livestock into the software. Also, we could record expenses that were related to the farm.

Amber Bradshaw

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Thanks for sharing, I will have to check it out!

A Homestead Journal | My Casual Homestead

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

[…] not going to go over all the phone apps there are although there’s a nice blog post from My Homestead Life that discusses some of them. But I am going to highlight some of my favorite finds.  This […]

Julie

Thursday 5th of April 2018

I use Evernote a lot. I have "notebooks" of main farm categories. Then I start new notes under each notebook topic to keep notes on each thing. You can add audio, links, and photos as well. I know I am barely scratching the surface of usablility. I first learned about it on tutorial videos on YouTube and it was an excellent way to learn. I really like it. I started using it for my kids homeschool and now I have expanded to lots of areas in my life! The best part is I can access it from my phone, tablet, and laptop. My family can get on their device and add notes as they need to or look up info.

Quinn

Friday 10th of November 2017

Thought you might be interested to know we developed a new app just for homsteaders called SmartSteader! It’s a homestead management app, kinda like a homestead binder for your phone. It’s used for keeping track of expenses, production, and notetaking/journaling. We’re constantly adding new features (like income tracking which will be in the next version in a few weeks).

SmartSteader can be used for any area of production on the homestead such as laying hens, dairy cows, dairy goats, meat chickens, pigs, beef, rabbits, etc… We’ve been keeping a paper based homestead binder for years and this has been a game changer being able to have our “binder” with us wherever we go! (And not to have to do anymore math!) The app is for iOS & Android and instantly syncs between devices (even across platforms). All data is securely stores so no more worrying about losing records! Needless to say, we're pretty excited to have it on our own homesteads and hopefully it will help other folks out too!

Ashley

Thursday 16th of May 2019

I really like the concept of this app. It’s simplistic as far as adding the data. I think what would make it top notch is if breeding/medical/Photos could be incorperated for homesteader who breed and raise to full term. And opt when the sold, butchered or rebreed.

Ive been doing a lot of research on apps for record keeping and the one thing I cant seem to find is one app that can cover all aspects in which we vernture to. From breeding and hatching Chick and Quail to lamb/cafe mecdical and vaccinations.

Just fruit for though, if there is something I have not explore please point me in that direction.

Amber Bradshaw

Friday 10th of November 2017

Thanks Quinn for sharing. I have heard some whispers of this in my homestead blog community. Is this a free app? You can send me the link and a jpg and I will add it to this article. My email is myhomesteadlife@yahoo.com

Janet Garman

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Thanks for compiling this list! I had no idea there were so many farming apps out there and free too!

Amber Bradshaw

Thursday 17th of August 2017

My pleasure. Yes, in the world of technology- I never thought to look for apps to help us. Thank God, someone thought of it. The topic still seems a bit behind and the choices are few but with the growing popularity, maybe that will change in the near future?