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.

Graet New

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.


The “Nebraska On-Farm Research Network” app facilitates manufacturers participating in the community to lay out and manage their on-farm research. The app permits you to create remedy strips in your field and broadens a map of your studies examination. Once the sector is made, you can go into periodic observations associated with pests, irrigation, or other keywords, including pix. After the trial, you input harvest records and export them to an Excel record with comments, yield statistics, and plot layout. The app is loose and is to be had for Apple and Android gadgets.

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.

Nebraska farmers

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.