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Agricultural Mobile Apps: A review and update of field guide apps

This article provides a review and update of some of the current “field guide apps” for agriculture. These apps can assist farmers in some of their farming decision-making processes -- from identification of insects, diseases, and weeds to information about seed selection and management practices to be implemented for a specific production problem. Identification of turf management issues and horticultural plants are also included among several other features.

While these apps can often help you make quick decisions, always make sure to check with your crop consultants, Extension agents, and Extension specialists.

Stay tuned for more in this series of annual reviews and updates on Ag-Apps from our KSUCROPS Crop Production team (led by Dr. Ciampitti) and the K-State Department of Agronomy. More updated lists of Ag-Apps will be included in the next several editions of the Agronomy eUpdates.

NOTE: These apps are all available as of the time this article is published. Alterations or changes in availability could occur, affecting the ability to access these apps.

For this series of articles, we have grouped Ag-Apps into the following 10 classifications:

  • ID Apps: For identification purposes (weeds, insects, diseases, and nutrients)
  • CALC Apps: For calculating purposes (nutrient removal calculations, tank mixes, volume to spray, etc.)
  • SCOUT Apps: For scouting purposes or for geo-positioning (soil sampling, recording notes, soil types, etc.).
  • ECON Apps: For checking grain prices, market evolutions, fertilizer price trends, news and finances.
  • FIELD GUIDE Apps: For diagnosing crop production issues in the field, primarily related to field guides (crop management: insect, disease, weed, and more).
  • LIVESTOCK Apps: Apps related to the animal side, nutrition, health, and information on markets.
  • IRRIGATION Apps: Apps related to field crop irrigation and water application.
  • MACHINERY Apps: Apps for associated with agricultural equipment preparation, inventory, providing information of the machine.
  • GENERAL AG Apps: GAG (general Ag-Apps) for general use, weather-related, for meetings, for reading magazines, among several other Apps’ properties.
  • NON-AG Apps: For general use from e-readers to calculators, email, calendar, picture editing, and more.
     

 

5. Field Guide Apps

 

These apps are primarily utilized for assisting with certain decision-making processes (crop management: insects, diseases, weeds, and more).

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Field Guide Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

Ag-PhD Field Guide

Ag-PhD

This app allows you to browse weeds and insects by name and view photos. It also provides control recommendations.

FREE

 

iOS

 

 Android

 

NDSU Pest Management

North Dakota State University

This app includes info from the NDSU Extension Weed, Disease, and Insect Management Guides; including best pest management options.

FREE

 

iOS

 

Android

Purdue Extension Corn & Soybean Field Guide

Purdue University

This app provides information for corn and soybean production, presenting a very complete field guide.

$12.99

iOS

 

 

 

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Field Guide Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

NPIPM Soybean Guide

South Dakota State University

This app presents a field guide that provides management options for insect and other arthropod pests affecting soybeans.

FREE

 

iOS

 

Turf ID Guide

Bayer Australia Ltd

This app provides detailed information on turf weeds, diseases, and insects. Presents a good database on imagery collection providing a quick identification of production issues.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

 

Hort Plants

University of Arkansas

This app provides an image collection and database presenting plant information that covers the mid-South region of the U.S.

FREE

iOS

 

Seed Guide

AgReliant Genetics

 

This app provides information on seed purchasing decisions for corn, soybean, and alfalfa. Searchable database, easy to search by name, maturity, or seed trait.

FREE

iOS

 

Field Guide

Oklahoma State University

 

This app presents nutrient removal values, a nutrient deficiency identification tool, and fertilizer calculations for most of the major crops.

FREE

iOS

 

MFA Agronomy Guide

MFA Incorporated

This app provides market information related to major crops (corn, sorghum, wheat, soybean, rice, cotton) and pastures.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

 

 

 

Each of the next five issues of the eUpdate will feature another classification of Ag-Apps from our KSUCROPS Crop Production team and the K-State Department of Agronomy!

 

Ignacio A. Ciampitti, Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist
ciampitti@ksu.edu

Jeffrey Albers, Agronomy undergraduate student in crop production, KSUCROPS Team
jjalbers@ksu.edu

Aaron Brinkman, Agronomy undergraduate student in crop production, KSUCROPS Team
aaron49@ksu.edu