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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.
Real time data
With the new program, the idea is they can access the system in the field and the data will be entered real time, Michels said. They will be able to enter how many tillers have greenbugs on them, and the system will be able to tell them if there are enough samples to make a decision and if the number of aphids detected warrants treatment.
"As time goes by, the people who are using the system will be able to enter the variety they are planting, when they planted, the fertilizer, etc.," he said. "The idea is that eventually there will be guides available to tell them when to start looking for insects and what they might be looking at in the field."
Another possible option is the producer will be able to take pictures in the field and send them to the database where an expert can look at them.
While some of those details are yet to be worked out, Michels said his program will monitor wheat fields and do the Glance-N-Go and other types of sampling with the producers and AgriLife Extension agents, and determine how this will work out.
"Hopefully we will be able to get input and provide data by the end of the second year and then make it available to the public within four years at the end of the research," he said.