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Wheat crop diagnostics may be as close as a cell phone in the near future from ongoing research at the Texas AgriLife Research-Amarillo, Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Dallas, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University and Colorado State University.
Michels said a lot of information gathered during that study came from surveys with individual growers in the different geographic areas about how they plant wheat, rotational or continuous, and agronomic practices such as whether they were dryland or irrigated operations.
"It worked fairly well, but we still ended up with five big chunks of data," he said. "We still wanted some way to put it all together."
The group is looking at the abilities of the different information delivery systems such as the iPhone or Droid that will allow them to consolidate this information and make it available to a person on an interactive basis.
"What we will do is put all this into a real-time database that will be made available to people who are cooperating with us for the next four years," Michels said.
Michels said his work will start this fall in several experimental fields, but he’s also looking for two wheat farmers who will volunteer to be involved with the program. In addition, he will be working with 10 AgriLife Extension agents.
Many producers, crop consultants and AgriLife Extension agents already use a program called Glance-N-Go to sample aphids in wheat, he said. That program came from the initial five-year study.