How many of you have an old notebook where you store all the maintenance records, serial numbers and pertinent details about your farm vehicles? Well guess what – there’s an app for that! TractorPal can keep track of all your farm vehicles including not just your tractors and combines, but your truck, your 4 wheeler, the backhoe, sprayers, lawn mowers and attachments too. So right on your phone, you’ve got a clear picture of all your on-farm equipment where you can add other important information as well, like the purchase date, price paid, original mileage and anything else you don’t want to forget. It has tools for managing vehicle maintenance too, putting the history of things like oil changes and tire replacements at your fingertips. What’s more, it can send reminders when service is due, and you can customize the timeframe for those. For every part you replace or filter you change, you can keep the part and serial numbers stored in the app so you aren’t at a loss the next time you’re at the parts store! Another convenient feature is the ability to email reports of all those details, whether it’s to yourself, the dealership or a prospective buyer. One thing I’ve come to realize is it really takes someone with a farming background to develop technology that is actually useful to farmers. TractorPal is no exception. Keith King, one of the app’s co-creators, comes from a long farm tradition – he told me he’s traced his family history back to the 1700’s and all along the way, they’ve been farmers. He grew up on his family’s farm in South Dakota and got the idea for TractorPal directly from those equipment notebooks that his father and grandfather always had. Being a big computer fan his whole life, it was only natural that he realized there had to be a better way to keep track of it all. He and his partner came up with the idea for TractorPal in October of last year and, with help on the technical side from a developer, launched the app in March. Right now, all of the data is stored on the user’s smartphone, but in the next couple of weeks they’re rolling out a new version that will sync all the data to the cloud. The app is available for both iOS and Android and can be downloaded for free. The free version limits it to just one vehicle, but for $4.99 you can open it up for unlimited use. If you’re looking for a more convenient way of tracking your vehicle inventory and maintenance, check out more details about TractorPal here!