Two apps have been developed recently to help you better manage manure. Both apps are priced at 99 cents and are available through iTunes or Google Play. They include:

Manure smartphone appsManure Calculator can help you calibrate your manure spreader and calculate the amount of nutrients spread using either book values or your own manure-test values. It also helps you estimate the approximate value of the manure relative to its fertilizer use. The app includes a feature to e-mail information to keep as a permanent record.

Manure Monitor allows you to keep records on rainfall, manure-storage inspections, mortality disposal, waterline inspection, manure transfers and equipment maintenance. It also allows you to develop a farm-wide emergency response plan and then sync that plan across all smartphones or tablets associated with your operation.