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Handy farming App - Record Events - Free

  • 25-07-2022 5:26pm
    Registered Users Posts: 10,550 ✭✭✭✭

    This is something I came across recently. It's a handy way to use WhatsApp to record events on the farm.

    Set up as follows;

    • Set up a Group on WhatsApp with one other person. Call the group Farm Notes or whatever .....
    • Delete the other person from the group.

    I use it to record everything, AI details, dosing, calving, etc etc. You just use it as if sending to the group. I've WhatsApp synced with the laptop then. The way I see it, you'll always have your phone with you. You can even take a pic and post it too. The date of recording too is automatic, so always right.

    'The Bishops blessed the Blueshirts in Galway, As they sailed beneath the Swastika to Spain'


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,810 ✭✭✭kevthegaff

    Great idea, any field GPS ones anyone likes?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,895 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    Field Navigator is the one I use. Seems to be a few out there. I think MC Milking It uses it too. I'd only really use it for spreading fertiliser, but seems a good job. I think you can put in AB lines with it, but I just use it so that I don't over/under cook it when out in short grass and you don't see the previous tracks.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,895 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    There is bound to be some good free shared calendar apps which would be easily searchable etc. that would be a better fit than using WA?

    Although, tbf, WA has regular backups and no real change of obsolescence at this stage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,867 ✭✭✭emaherx

    I'm not sure if many use Viber, it's similar to WhatsApp, it has a default conversation called My Notes for exactly this purpose and it's always pinned to the top of the list of conversations.

    On a slightly less "Handy" but free and very powerful farming App, I'm using farmOS an open source farm management database.

    I'm working on developing modules more relevant to an Irish farm and working on integrating ICBF, Google Calendar as well as my IOT sensor network to make it a whole farm software package.

    Telegram which is like Viber and WhatsApp but has free access to its API so it could be used like @patsy_mccabe suggested above but using keywords and a few lines of code take your simple note and create a proper database entry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,810 ✭✭✭kevthegaff

    Herself will be happy at least I won't be sending random tag numbers to her!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,895 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    @emaherx - I've got Signal and it has notes to self as well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,128 ✭✭✭roosterman71

    Most phones have a standard Notes app too

  • Registered Users Posts: 258 ✭✭smallbeef

    I use a spreadsheet on google drive on the phone. Handy to enter stuff and have it all on the laptop then when get home. Just need to download google drive and log in with a gmail account. Open a spreadsheet and enter away. If your not in reception it still works, it'll sync with the cloud once in reception again. Then everything is there on you laptop when login to google on same gmail account.