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Lodi growers go digital

Local farmers turning to smartphone, tablet apps to keep track of tasks

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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.

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