A new app to make it more convenient for crop producers to keep records of pesticide applications has been developed by the University of Nebraska Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program. Pierce Hansen led the development of the program.
It is intended crop producers, private and commercial applicators, agronomists and pest management professionals.
The free app is available for iPhones, iPad and Android phones and tablets.
Hansen says it says the app, referred to as PeRK, will aid producers in keeping records of restricted use pesticides. Those records are required by Nebraska law and must be maintained for three years. "It would be a handy tool for keeping track of all pesticide use from year to year," he adds.
PeRK uses GPS coordinates to note locations of applications. The app can record the following:
- pesticide applied and how much was applied,
- product application rate,
- target site and pest(s),
- date and time of application,
- wind speed, and
- disposal method.
The records are saved and stored within the app on the device and can be exported via email as a .csv file, which can be opened in Microsoft Excel and other common software programs, according to Hansen.
Other features in the app include contact information for the UNL Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and Nebraska Department of Agriculture Pesticide Program, emergency phone numbers, a link to the DriftWatch web site and links to helpful publications.