As more and more people are turning to their electronic devices for information, the easier it’s becoming to share it. In this ever-evolving industry, there are several apps and websites that can help you be in the know with many aspects of your operation. Here are a few resources to add to your device’s home screen:
Area of expertise: Disease and pest management/IPM
Resource: Greenhouse Scout
This app for iPhone and Android includes a summary of information on biocontrol of common greenhouse insect pests as well as an interactive interface for collecting, organizing and presenting the scouting data and product application for insect management.
Find it: Search “Greenhouse Scout” on Google Play or iTunes
Area of expertise: Mixing
Resource: Mix Tank
Precision Laboratories has designed an app for iPhone and Android to assist agricultural chemical applicators with the proper tank mixing order, provide mixing precautions and maintain accurate spray log records. Users can receive recommendations on mixing in order based on the product selected. GPS logs and spray logs are also part of the record-keeping functions.
Area of expertise: Growing information and crop culture
Resource: gro getter
Ball Seed has made an app available to growers that provides photos of thousands of different plant varieties, as well as the latest introductions from top breeders. It also includes culture information in easily digestible summaries, and allows you to save your favorites for future reference.
The University of California Cooperative Extension has developed an app for Agricultural Water Quality Research and Education, which covers best management practices (BMPs) that can be utilized to minimize the impact of agriculture on water quality. A self-assessment will help you see where you stand on your operation’s impact on water quality, and you can also peruse through suggestions for BMPs that can help solve your water quality problems.
Find it: (iPad only) Search iTunes for Agricultural Water Quality Self-Assessment
A portion of this research was conducted by Juang-Horng “JC” Chong, Ph.D.