Recently, the apps that are currently available or are in development were unveiled at the Rice Expo in Stuttgart. The following is an overview of each app and its function:
Corn Advisor – Created in collaboration with Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist and Extension Soil Scientist Leo Espinoza, this a 24/7, pocket expert for Arkansas’ growing number of corn producers. The app allows users to search for:
- Recommendations on application of lime, plus nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and sulfur;
- Becoming familiar with the symptoms of nutrient deficiency, plus information about corn diseases, pests and their control practices.
App users will also be able to access the “Corn Production Handbook,” MP437, a mainstay for corn growers published by the Cooperative Extension Service.
Corn Advisor app is available through Apple’s iTunes Store (http://alturl.com/j9ez9) for use on iPhone and iPad and Google’s Play Store (http://alturl.com/buh5d) for use on Android smartphone or tablet powered by Android 2.2 operating system or higher. The app does not require user to be connected to the Internet in order to access any of the features.
Hort Plants – Created with Jim Robbins, an extension horticulturist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, this app is a comprehensive photographic plant database covering 268 landscape plants for the mid-South using more than 900 top quality images. The app is available for download on iPhone and iPad through Apple’s Play Store (http://alturl.com/vevbq ). Similar to Corn Advisor, user is not required to be connected to the Internet in order to access any of the features.
Flag the Technology Cloud (FTTCloud) – Created with Bob Scott, an extension weed scientist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Flag the Technology Cloud (FTTCloud) is a voluntary, interactive web program, which relies on commercial row-crop agriculture community participation for reducing herbicide application errors by identifying fields based on the herbicide tolerant technology used. This tool will take the ground-based Flag the Technology program into the cloud. (See:www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-2162.pdf). Four categories of users’ namely county extension agent, row crop producers, consultants, and service providers will have access to FTTCloud after completing a registration process. The program is set to launch before the end of year 2013.
Manure calculator – Because manure is a blended fertilizer whose value depends on the needs of the receiving crop, this app, created with Extension Engineer Karl VanDevender, will help producers calculate the dollar and nutritive value of manure. The app enables growers to share results via email. This app is expected to be available sometime in August, 2013 on Google’s Play Store through a keyword search of “Manure Calculator”. Similar to other previously discussed apps, user is not required to be connected to the Internet in order to access any of the features except while emailing the results.
Soybean Irrigation Scheduler – Created with Chris Henry, irrigation engineer for the Division, this app will help growers schedule irrigation for soybean based on soil type, crop growth stage and type of irrigation used on their farm. This app is expected to be available before the end of 2013 on Google’s Play Store.
Drought Advisor – This app allows users to:
- Search for USDA service center locations nation-wide and find directions from their present location
- Access an updated drought map on state-wide basis
- Access and search for relevant drought emergency programs depending on type of loss (crop, livestock, or property damage)
- Conveniently access disaster assistance eligibility test, and
- Access information about various farm loan programs and use an in-built loan calculator to help with decision making
This app is expected to be available by the end of August, 2013 on Google’s Play Store through a keyword search of “Drought Advisor”.