UGA Extension agents use a variety of mobile apps to help farmers manage crops

By Sharon Dowdy, University of Georgia

Two days a week, University of Georgia researcher Michael Toews searches for and tests mobile apps on his smartphone and works on developing new mobile apps, all in an effort to help Georgia farmers manage their crops more efficiently.

Toews is a co-director at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, or the Bugwood Network, located at the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia. The center is staffed by faculty from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Continue reading

UGA mobile apps help professionals, homeowners care for lawns

Four mobile applications designed by University of Georgia specialists are putting lawncare information at your fingertips, literally.

The turfgrass apps created by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty make turf management in Georgia readily available. Turfgrass Management, Turf Management Calculator, Turfgrass Weeds and Turf Management Quiz can all be downloaded from the UGA Turfgrass Team website at or straight to a mobile device through iTunes.

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Soybean app helps farmers plan for next crop

From Delta Farm Press:

Ever wonder whether it’s worth it to apply a fungicide? How about the most cost-effective seeding rate? The national soy checkoff has put that information in the palm of your hand.

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New app teaches kids about gardening

Media contacts: Dr. Lucy Bradley, assistant professor of horticultural science at N.C. State University, 919-513-2001 or; or James McGurk, promotions manager at UNC-TV, 919-549-7061 or

A new electronic game from UNC-TV and North Carolina Cooperative Extension is designed to get kids interested in spending time outdoors growing their own fruits and vegetables.

Made for the iPhone and iPad, “Read-a-Roo’s Fabulous Edible Garden” allows kids to grow their own virtual gardens and, along the way, learn how to grow, harvest and cook a variety of real plants and vegetables.

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Expert: Tool is ideal for medical professionals, stockmen and homeowners alike

Of all the creepy-crawlies Texans live among, ticks are the worst  when it comes to the health issues of man and beast, said Dr. Pete Teel, Texas AgriLife Research entomologist at College Station.

TickApp has information for medical professionals, homeowners, outdoor enthusiasts and livestock owners. (Courtesy Rob Williams, department of entomology, Texas A&M University)

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