Lodi growers go digital
Brandon Sywassink checks his tablet computer for a list of tasks to be done at a vineyard on Victor Road in Victor on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
- Apps that Lodi farmers use
Farmers mentioned the following apps as useful to their everyday work:
Connected Farm allows growers to map field boundaries, enter scouting attributes for pests, and manage data online.
Soil Web lets growers access up-to-date soil surveys anywhere in California. It was created by Toby O'Geen of the UC Davis Cooperative Extension.
TargetDate is an app that counts down the days between two dates, and is a helpful tool for growers calculating the birth of livestock or when harvest will begin.
Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:00 am
When Brandon Sywassink arrives at a vineyard and hops out of his truck, the first tool he reaches for isn't a pair of pruning shears or work gloves. Sywassink boots up his iPad and opens an app called LandView to see what tasks are on the list for this particular plot of land. This time of year, that might include mowing between each row, tying up vines or repairing wires.
"If we need to clean up the field, get some vines off the ground, I'll send a message to our guys that we need to clean up," he said. Sywassink uses the app for communication within Acampo Ag Service, the company where he works, and to track data about each field.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:00 am.