Popular agronomy resource available as smartphone app
click image to zoom Farmers have long depended on the printed MFA Incorporated’s Agronomy Guide as a way to compare seed and crop protection products needed for their farming operations. Now this extensive product data in the print guide is more conveniently available in app form for iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets and the Kindle Fire.
MFA’s Agronomy Guide app delivers a vast database of information to users’ fingertips. Included in the crop protection menus are detailed comparisons of all categories of pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, etc.) that provide product trade names, common names and chemical families. The app also provides users with information on each chemistry’s mode of action, EPA regulations, storage temperatures and rotation restrictions. With increasing pressure from herbicide-resistant weeds, understanding herbicide mode of action is a critical part of field-level management. The Agronomy Guide is one more tool to help in that task.
MFA’s Director of Agronomy, Dr. Jason Weirich, said the information in the Agronomy Guide helps crop farmers make informed decisions to give their crops the best chance for high yields.
“We update the database that powers the Agronomy Guide app every year, and what you find in there is the unbiased information that shows growers what products best fit the soils, disease pressures and weed pressures on their farm, field by field. In-season, it’s a great resource to review what insect and disease control products will give growers the best control. Growers can find the most effective product, rate and timing for the problems they face. That’s important for environmental stewardship, and it’s good for the bottom line.”
Herbicides are rated by efficacy on target weeds, and users can find label information right in the app, including application rate by soil type and organic matter. Included in the database are details that help growers better understand which spray additives and adjuvants are appropriate for specific applications. Seed treatment suggestions and rates are covered as well.
Aside from major crop information, the Agronomy Guide delivers a range of information for aquatic herbicides, brush control products as well as products for forage, turf and gardens.
In its Seed menus, the Agronomy Guide provides comparisons for major seed lines. These comparison tools let growers evaluate seed based on maturity, disease packages, standability, plant height and other details.
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