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Pest Control App Available

Seven North Dakota agricultural commodity groups partnered with NDSU Extension personnel to create the Weed Control App, which contains all information from the ND Weed Guide, the ND Field Crop Fungicide Guide and the ND Field Insect Management Guide. The free app went live in May and can be accessed by Apple and Android devices.

Three important North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension publications are now easier to access for smartphone and tablet users on the newly released NDSU Pest Management App. After more than a year of planning and development, the app went live for use on Apple and Android devices in mid-May. It is free and can be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play Store. The app is the result of a collaboration between NDSU researchers, Extension faculty and seven area commodity groups to build a new tool for North Dakota farmers.

The publications included in the free app are the North Dakota (ND) Weed Guide, ND Field Crop Fungicide Guide and ND Field Crop Insect Management Guide. Lead authors of these publications are Dr. Richard Zollinger, Extension weed specialist and Plant Sciences professor, Dr. Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist and associate professor, and Dr. Janet Knodel, Extension entomologist and associate professor.

The seven commodity groups supporting the planning, implementation and ongoing maintenance of the app are the ND Corn Council, ND Soybean Council, Sugarbeet Research and Education Board, ND Wheat Commission, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and National Sunflower Association.

Crops included in the app are corn, soybean, dry beans, sunflower, sugarbeets, potato and small grains. Current weeds and pests of these crops, thresholds, prevention and treatments are available. Because the app is a dynamic tool, it will be easy to update with the latest information, and additional crops can be easily added in the future.

App users can search by crop or by pest.  Pictures of insect pests, weeds and diseased plants are included for in-field identification and comparisons. Growers can also bookmark important information.

Angela Kazmierczak, who worked with Zollinger as a weed science research specialist in the Plant Sciences Department, says that “the goal was to create a completely unbiased informational tool to help growers with decision-making and crop production.”  She says that hundreds of hours have been invested by part-time workers, interns and project employees, loading into the app software detailed information on identification, prevention and treatment of weeds and pests in North Dakota crops.

Technical work was done by Myriad Devices, a company that was started at the Technology Incubator in the NDSU Research and Technology Park. Peter Granlund, project manager at Myriad says that this was a perfect collaboration for his company because Myriad’s foundational goals were to build a local business that hires NDSU graduates wishing to remain in North Dakota, and to provide needed technology to NDSU and local businesses.

Links to download the NDSU Pest Management App can be found at www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/apps/pest-management.

Source: Angela Kazmierczak, angela.kazmierczak@ndsu.edu
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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