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Farmers can access insect control guide with new app
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Mississippi agronomic crop producers now have an important insect control reference guide available on their mobile devices.
"Insect Control Guide for Agronomic Crops," a publication of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, helps farmers estimate the performance of various insecticides on cotton, soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, small grains, rice and peanuts.
“We’ve had requests from producers for a few years for this guide to be available through a mobile app,” said Angus Catchot, Extension entomologist. “So we’ve been working to meet that need and make it happen. We are happy to say that users will now have this guide available at the touch of a button anytime they need it.”
Apple device users can download the app from the Apple iTunes Store now. An Android compatible version will be released soon.
The app allows farmers to enter the crop, pest and insecticide they wish to use to get specific threshold, application rates, a photo of the pest, and an insecticide performance rating of 1 through 10. MSU entomologists offer additional information on each pest through the app.
For detailed information on how to use the app, read the MSU Extension Mississippi Crop Situation Blog at http://bit.ly/2kjmD3I.
Producers who downloaded the beta version during the Row Crop Short Course in December should download the new version.
Catchot developed the app with Whitney Crow, Extension associate; Jeff Gore, Extension and research entomologist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; and Don Cook, Experiment Station research entomologist.