Vyhnalek: Ag apps help Nebraska farmers
Technology has become a necessary part of agricultural production, and cell apps are a critical factor. Smartphones are common for farmers and ranchers — regardless of age — and this precious era can do much more than look at electronic mail and social media.
Speed scouting is a new approach for determining whether or not pest populations have reached the motion threshold for treatment with an insecticide. These apps, “Aphid Speed Scout” and “Western Bean Cutworm Speed Scout,” will lessen the amount of time wanted for scouting so that it will make treatment decisions.
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The “Pesticide Recordkeeping” or “PeRK” app evolved via the Pesticide Safety Education Program as a smooth way to keep pesticide records on the cross. The app presents an easy, step-by-step statistics-entry manner to enter pesticide utility statistics and meets all Nebraska document-keeping laws for personal and commercial/non-industrial pesticide applicators. Records are saved inside the app and may be exported through email. This app is also unfastened and available for Apple and Android gadgets.
The “Grain Marketing Plan” allows you to create grain marketing plans for corn, soybeans, and winter wheat. The software updates you daily with new statistics, enabling you to modify your goals based on cutting-edge market conditions. Most importantly, this utility will allow you to affect your project by notifying you when it’s time to market your grain. The app is to be had for Apple devices and is free if you use the code LINE17 to get admission to the included features.
The “Harvest Test Weight Converter” app can help you determine the crop-decrease quantity of grain, in area estimation of crop yields for corn, soybeans, and wheat, and the amount of grain bins and piles. The app is unfastened and available for Apple and Android devices. I want to thank Tyler Williams, Extension educator in Lancaster County, for offering the information used in this week’s column.