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Mobile cover crop app coming soon

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INFO TO GO: The farmers who use these cover crops following vegetable crops can soon find helpful information on Purdue’s Cover Crops app.
Technology gurus will be able to access cover crop information via an app from Purdue University.

A printed version of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide has been available for some time. You can still obtain it if you want something tangible to hold and flip through. Coming soon, however, is the latest app in a series of scouting apps released by the Purdue University Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center — the Cover Crops app.

In fact, it may already be available. Check for information about the app by visiting the DTC website. If it’s not there yet, Corey Gerber says it will be soon. He is director of the center.

“We’re launching a Cover Crops app like the Corn Field Scout and Soybean Field Scout apps we launched in 2017,” Gerber says. “We’re excited to offer information which was once only in printed form as an app which people who use mobile devices can take to the field and use to make scouting decisions related to cover crops.”

The new app will work on both iOs and Android platforms, Gerber says. There will be a charge for the app. Corn Field Scout and Soybean Field Scout are available at app stores for $5.99 each.

You can still obtain the printed version of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide if you prefer. Copies are $5 each. Ordering information is available at the DTC website. Simply scroll down the right side of the DTC home page, and click on the image of the cover of the Cover Crops guide.

Although published by Purdue’s DTC, the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide was prepared by the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Participating researchers who are part of the council provided information for the guide. The new Cover Crops app will contain similar information.

The printed guide includes information on a host of potential cover crop species, including preferred seeding dates, possible benefits and much more. Look for more information on the Cover Crops app once it goes live. 

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