The University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology has released a mobile-friendly disease field guide that will help growers, agents and consultants quickly assess foliar diseases in their soybean fields. This new resource can be found atguide.utcrops.com.
The guide features general information on all foliar diseases that pose an economic threat to Tennessee's soybean crop. Proper identification is made easier through video instruction and a comprehensive photo gallery. These features allow users to easily compare what they are seeing on the screen with what they are seeing in the field.Once the problem is identified, users can view management options for each disease, including information on variety selection, fungicide efficacy and resistance.
Heather Kelly, assistant professor with UT's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, designed the new guide. Her goal was to create an informative site that would look great and function well on the devices most growers are using - smartphones.
"This guide should make it easier for producers to quickly identify diseases and make management decisions," says Kelly, "and since it's mobile friendly, it will also be user-friendly when producers access it in the field."
While the guide currently features only soybean disease information, Kelly says the site will eventually include information and identification tools for diseases that affect other row crops. She adds that the mobile friendly guide can also be easily viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.