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Nebraska Extension’s new app can help producers use climate and weather data in decision-making.

February 8, 2017

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CLIMATE MATTERS: "Climate and weather has, and will always have an impact on agriculture," says Tyler Williams, Nebraska Extension educator.Don McCabe

A new app developed by University of Nebraska Extension can help producers use climate and weather data to make management decisions. AgriTools is a free mobile app designed to provide location-specific climate and weather information to agricultural producers.

AgriTools features weather data from the National Weather Service, High Plains Regional Climate Center, Nebraska State Climate Office and Nebraska Mesonet weather stations located throughout the state. Forecasts and recent data are provided for any location selected on the map. Data includes yesterday's temperature, wind, soil moisture, soil temperature, evapotranspiration, solar radiation, growing degree days and seasonal GDD accumulation.

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DATA AT FINGERTIPS: AgriTools is
a free mobile app designed to provide
location-specific climate and weather
information to agricultural producers.

"Climate and weather has, and will always have, an impact on agriculture," says Tyler Williams, Extension educator focused on cropping systems and climate resiliency. "AgriTools arms producers with the climate and weather information they need to make informed decisions."

Access to ag apps
Access to UNL mobile agriculture apps and mobile-friendly web pages is a feature of AgriTools. Apps such as the irrigation pumping efficiency calculator, irrigation cost calculator and pesticide recordkeeping can now be easily located through AgriTools.

Another feature of AgriTools is accessibility to decision-aid tools using climate and weather variables. The crop water-use calculator uses crop type, crop stage and the interpolated evapotranspiration for the location. This provides easy access to estimated crop water use from the field on a mobile device. Additional tools are expected to be developed in the future.

AgriTools is currently available on the iPhone only.

Source: IANR News Service

 

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