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Free Extension app helps farmers determine best management plan for fields

A new app from Ohio State University allows growers to compare the effectiveness of different management decisions within fields. The aim, in part, is to improve water quality throughout the state.

Called Ohio State PLOTS, the free app allows growers to design replicated plot layouts by creating on-farm trials that can compare hybrids, seeding populations, fertilizer rates and nutrient management systems, among other practices and inputs, said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension.

The app allows users to digitally compare various treatments within their fields to determine the best management plan for their fields, before extending financial or labor resources.

The app can be downloaded free by searching for “Ohio State Plots” in the App Store and Google Play Store.

The app improves water quality by allowing users to fine-tune nutrient management more accurately and reliably for a farm operation and by encouraging on-farm studies.

The app includes a random number generator that removes human error when developing plot layouts. The app allows users to define an experiment that compares various response parameters such as yield, stand counts, crop health and varieties.

The report details information the user has entered regarding a specific trial, notes and photos they’ve taken throughout the growing season and statistically analyzes parameters.

The report can be shared with crop consultants and agronomists through the app. Users can also choose to keep the report private and stored in the cloud or exported as a CSV file to be used in programs such as Excel and Access.

The app was created with funding from Field to Faucet, an Ohio State initiative dedicated to research, education and outreach activities designed to deliver solutions to harmful algal blooms and other water quality issues.

More information on the app can be found at Extension’s resources web page

Source: CFAES News

Amy Graves 

Amy Graves is a freelance writer from Franklin County.