Arkansas and a second grant application has been submitted to further their research. The funds are being provided by the USDA.

“It’s amazing the number of existing apps you can find out there that will help you on the farm and that number is constantly growing,” Smith says. “Already most seed and fertilizer companies have apps where you can push a button and review their offerings, read about the details or the best way and time to apply a specific product.”

While he admits apps specific to agricultural are relatively new, he says his team is hard at work developing new apps specific to the industry, and says the day is coming soon when you can order supplies from the field on or the go, check market prices, keep up with weather developments, review your production costs and market your crop all at the convenience of using just one tool.

While younger producers are quick to embrace the technology, Smith says producers of all ages seem willing to learn.

“If you can teach them to make more money, they are more willing to learn new things,” he says.

Smith and Yates have scheduled a number of one-day workshops in January to help producers learn about smart phone and iPad use on the farm. Workshops are scheduled as follows:

Each workshop will be restricted to 30 participants. Husband-and-wife participation will only require one registration fee. Registration is $50 to be paid at the door by check.

For more details on each workshop, go to and click on iPhone/iPad Workshops. To reserve a spot in any of the workshops call the Lubbock center at 806-746-6101.

  • Jan. 9, Lamesa, Forrest Park Community Center, South 10th and Houston
  • Jan. 23, Lubbock, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 East Farm to Market 1294
  • Jan. 27, Plainview, South Plains College, 1920 W. 24th St.
  • Jan. 30, Amarillo, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard
  • Jan. 31, Dumas, location to be announced