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Smartphones on the Farm: CNN and Agriculture Online

Several months ago I wrote a couple of posts regarding smartphones on the farm (Part I and Part II). Little did I know that these posts would lead to an interview with CNN and Agriculture Online.  John Sutter of CNN called and left a message that he was writing a story about smartphones on the farm and had seen my smartphone blog post.  Mr. Sutter asked if I could return his call and discuss smartphone use on the farm.  I immediately returned his call and the following day Twittering from the tractor: smartphones sprout on the farm appeared on CNN at Story highlights from the article:

  • Smartphones, online social networks gaining popularity on farms
  • Farmers use Internet phones to check weather, monitor pesticides
  • Nebraska farmer says Twitter posts help bridge the urban-rural divide
  • Smartphones and social media connect eaters with sources of food

The day of the CNN interview, I mentioned it on my twitter account. Jeff Caldwell, Agriculture Online Multimedia Editor, read my tweet about the CNN interview and emailed me a few questions for a story on Agriculture Online.  Mr. Caldwell’s story New communication technology’s knocking on the farm gate was published at The Agriculture Online article, published the same day as the CNN article, provides an overview of smartphone use in communication and social media.

They may seem like toys and time wasters now, but more folks in farm country are starting to glean value from new technology like smartphones and social networking. One such “gadget” that’s becoming a needed tool for some already is the smartphone. Kleinschmidt has relied on his Samsung Omnia i910 smartphone now for months in the work he does in the field (including recording this video with his phone), and he’s starting to find and use more ag-specific applications.

Thanks to John Sutter and Jeff Caldwell for bringing this story to both the farm and non-farm community.

July 3, 2009 at 8:00 am

Smartphones on the Farm: Part II Review of Samsung’s Omnia i910

Part I:

Smartphones on the Farm: Part I Review of Samsung’s Omnia i910

Part II:

Part I review of the Samsung Omnia i910 covered a few ‘nuts and bolts’ of this smartphone/PDA and how it fits into an agricultural operation.  For Part II, I will focus exclusively on reviewing the 5.0 megapixel camera that is integrated in the Omnia i910.  As a benchmark, I will compare the Omnia i910 5.0 megapixel camera to my Nikon Coolpix S50 7.2 megapixel camera.  I am focusing this post exclusively on the camera feature because MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messaging with pictures can be a great way to convey information. On to the comparisons!

Nikon Coolpix s50: Tillering wheat taken 03/21/09. This is the standard that I’ll compare to the cameraphone.


Samsung Omnia i910 cameraphone: Tillering wheat taken 03/21/09 (same plant as shown in image above).


Closer look . . . 


 Nikon Coolpix S50: Closeup of normal wheat yellowing and necrosis.


Samsung Omnia i910 camperaphone: Closeup of normal wheat yellowing and necrosis.


Conclusions: As much as I hoped a camerphone could supplant the need for a separate camera, you can see from the above photos that the technology (at least with the Omnia i910) is not quite there yet.  However, I was surprised that the closeup photos of the wheat were similar.  I can see the utility of taking a picture of an insect or an unusual leaf spot with a high quality cameraphone and instantly sending it via MMS to a pathologist or entomologist for quick ID.  


Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for writing this review. I reserve the right to modify this review at any time. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of The Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension or of any other individual university employee. This review is provided for educational purposes only and not an endorsement of any product mentioned.

March 24, 2009 at 7:30 am 1 comment


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