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Users of iPads can now access an app for the Purdue Corn & Soybean Guide

Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

June 6, 2013

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One of the books or publications quoted most often here is the Purdue University Corn & Soybean Field Guide. Prepared by Corey Gerber and the Purdue Diagnostic Training Copy, nearly 50,000 copies are distributed each year. It's 300+ pages of handy scouting and crop management information. A new version is printed annually.

If you are into iPads and technology, you can use an app to download the Corn & Soybean Field Guide, Gerber says. It's an effort to stay on the cutting edge of technology, he notes. What the app does that the book can't do is provide some video clips of key techniques, plus high-quality images of weeds and insects for identification purposes.


The app was actually prepared by 3iD, a company in the Purdue Research Park. All the content was supplied by Gerber and the people who help him write the book every year.

Right now the only app version available is for iPads. However, Gerber says he hopes that an iPhone version will be available later this year. You can download the current app for iPads at the Education Store, which distributes all Purdue Extension material. Click the link and and search for ID=179-APP. This app will cost you $12.99.

Gerber hopes farmers and ag consultants will find this a useful tool in the field.

"We developed the app to help farmers and crop professionals," he says. "The printed edition of the Guide is and will continue to be a great resource, but growers and consultants are increasingly plugged into the latest technology. We wanted to create an app that would continue to be essential and useful to those who carry their mobile devices into the field."

As noted the print edition of the Guide will continue. The technology of apps, now for iPad, simply adds value to those who can access it, Gerber concludes.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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