Conversion Shortcut: Fertilizer Calc Units to Rate/Acre

The next Shortcut is a fertilizer calculator that takes the analysis and rate per acre to calculate the total nutrients applied per acre. Up to this point, all of the nutrient conversion Shortcuts have used the most common/traditional sources in the industry. Still, just about every input supplier offers other blends that vary in analysis between companies or even locations. This Shortcut calculator considers that and calculates based on the N-P-K-S analysis entered. The categories in the Shortcut are Nitrogen, N-P-K-S (Dry), and N-P-K-S (Liquid). Nitrogen is a repeat in a previous Shortcut I shared earlier, but I thought it was appropriate to include it still. N-P-K-S (Dry) is not hard to calculate, but it is an excellent convenience. N-P-K-S (Liquid) is the most complex of the three to calculate with the numerous liquid blend options. The Shortcut takes the calculation from complex to simple for as long as you know the lbs/gal.  

Here is the iCloud link to download the Shortcut for free. Just remember to go to Settings->Shortcuts->Toggle on “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” to download and add the Shortcut.

Click HERE for the video showing how the Shortcut works.

Conversion Shortcut: Liquid Fert Blend Analysis

In continuation of the conversion Shortcut series, this next calculator is for creating liquid fertilizer blends. I created this Shortcut to quickly and easily calculate liquid fertilizer blends and understand the total amount of nutrients applied per acre. This Shortcut’s inputs are 28-0-0, 10-34-0, 12-0-0-26S (ATS), and 0-0-25-17S (KTS). I selected these inputs because they are the most common for creating starter (2×2) fertilizer blends. Great Shortcut to use when trying to figure out what blend to use when field planning. 

Here is the iCloud link to download the Shortcut for free. Just remember to go to Settings->Shortcuts->Toggle on “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” to download and add the Shortcut.

Click HERE for the video showing how the Shortcut works.

Conversion Shortcut: Nitrogen Conv Units to Gal/Lbs

The next Shortcut in this fertilizer conversion series is the exact opposite of the first Shortcut I posted last week. This Shortcut converts units of nitrogen to gal/lbs of product. The list of nitrogen products is the same as the first one shortcut conversion: 28%, 32%, Urea, and NH3. It is a super handy shortcut when planning out nitrogen applications or on the fly with last-minute changes while pulling into the field.

Here is the iCloud link to download the Shortcut. Just remember to go to Settings->Shortcuts->Toggle on “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” to download and add the Shortcut.

Click HERE for the video showing how the shortcut works.

Conversion Shortcut: Nitrogen Conv Gal/Lbs to Units

This series of Shortcuts I created stemmed from repeated fertilizer conversions and calculations while planning, mixing, or applying.

This Shortcut calculator converts nitrogen fertilizer sources 28%, 32%, urea, and NH3 from gallons or pounds of product to Nitrogen units. The Shortcut is mainly to make the liquid conversions and calculations quick and easy. I know the urea and NH3 are easy on its own, but I figured what the heck it is easy to build them in, so might as well have all the primary nitrogen sources in one calculator.

Here is the iCloud link to download the Shortcut. Just remember to go to Settings->Shortcuts->Toggle on “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts” to download and add the Shortcut.

Click HERE for the video showing how the shortcut works.


Shortcuts

Two years ago, Apple released iOS 12 and included an app with the update called Shortcuts, originally named Workflow before Apple purchased it. Before iOS 12, I had the Workflow app on my phone with the hopes of using it one day but never really did until Apple included it in iOS 12. Fast forward to the release of iOS 14, Shortcuts became more powerful with more app integrations, better automation, folder support, and the ever so anticipated widget feature. The Shortcut app has become more useful and convenient to use, leading to popularity with the iOS 14 update.

Historically Ag apps have been terrible, lousy UI/UX, lack of support, lack of updates, limited functionality, etc. For these reasons, I look at consumer or power user apps and integrate them into an Ag-based use case or workflow. These typically have good UI/UX, support, features, and integrations; basically, everything Ag apps don’t have for the most part. Between the integration and customization power of the Shortcuts app, it fits into an ag-based workflow.

When I was the Agronomy manager for a farm in my last job, as any agronomist knows, you perform various conversions and calculations for planning, mixing, and pricing. Some of the first shortcuts I created were calculators for fertilizer conversions and nutrient unit cost breakdowns. I’ll post these shortcuts in the coming days, for these will be handy in the planning and purchasing process that happens over the winter months. The neat thing about shortcuts is they are sharable and downloadable by anyone using an iOS device. One setting needs turned on first before you can download a shortcut, and it’s turned off by default for protection against potential malware. Go to Settings->Shortcuts->Toggle on “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.”

Stay tuned.

-KM-