University of Arkansas releases corn production app

App allows users access to latest production information

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has developed a “Corn Advisor” app that turns a smartphone or tablet into an anytime, any place corn expert, according to developers.

Corn Advisor consists of six different interactive features that give producers quick access to production information. It’s available at no cost through Google’s Play store, or by clicking http://alturl.com/buh5d . Once installed on the Android smartphone or tablet powered by Android 2.2 operating system or higher, the app does not require its user to be connected to the Internet in order to access any of the features.    

The app allows users to search for:

  • Recommendations on application of lime, plus nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and sulfur.
  • Becoming familiar with the symptoms of nutrient deficiency, plus information about corn diseases, pests and their control practices.

App users will also be able to access the “Corn Production Handbook,” MP437, a mainstay for corn growers published by the Cooperative Extension Service. “With the number of cellphones and tablets we see out in the fields, this app was really a natural progression of how the Division of Agriculture serves its clients,” said Jason Kelley, an associate professor and extension specialist for wheat and feed grains, and one of the specialists who collaborated in the development of app. “With the growth in corn acreage in Arkansas over the last few years, we believe our clients will find this useful.”

The funding for the app development was provided through Arkansas Corn Grower check-off funds through the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Promotion Board and the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.