STUTTGART, Ark. — Think of Friday’s 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo as a chance to peek into the future.
Dharmendra Saraswat, an extension engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will be offering a sneak preview of some of the apps he’s got in development in partnership with colleagues. They include:
• Flag the Technology — The app will take the ground-based Flag the Technology program into the cloud. (See: www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-2162.pdf) Flag the Technology is meant to help aerial applicators make the right applications in the right fields.
• Hort Plants — Created with Jim Robbins, an extension horticulturist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, this app is a comprehensive photographic plant database covering more than 260 landscape plants for the mid-South using more than 1,000 top-quality images.
• Irrigation for Soybeans — Created with Chris Henry, extension irrigation engineer for the Division, this app will help growers schedule irrigation with precision.
• Corn Adviser — Created in collaboration with Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist and Extension Soil Scientist Leo Espinoza, this a pocket expert for Arkansas’ growing number of corn producers.
• Manure calculator — Because manure is a blended fertilizer whose value depends on the needs of the receiving crop, this app, created with Extension Engineer Karl VanDevender, will help producers calculate the dollar and nutritive value of manure. The app enables growers to share results via email.
• Drought Adviser — This app includes U.S. Drought Monitor drought map updates, service center locations nationwide, disaster loan calculator, disaster loan eligibility test and up-to-the-minute information on U.S. Department of Agriculture drought emergency programs.
Saraswat, along with Robbins and VanDevender will be presenting at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in Classroom D of the Grand Prairie Center. He will be alternating sessions with Crittenden County Extension Agent Mike Hamilton who will present at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on iPhone and iPad apps for agriculture.
This year’s Rice Expo is set for Friday, Aug. 2, at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 U.S. 165, in Stuttgart. Doors open at 8 a.m.
Sen. Mark Pryor is set to be the keynote speaker. Also on the agenda are Janet Carson, extension horticulture specialist, author and columnist, and Betsy Ward of the USA Rice Federation as the luncheon speaker.
A fresh, hot catfish lunch, catered by the Yoder Ruritan, begins at 12:15 p.m.
To find out more about the 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo, visit http://aaes.uark.edu/rice.html or follow us on Twitter at @ARiceExpo