Apps for urban agriculture and market gardens
Who Let the Bugs Out, SoilWeb app, ID Weeds app, Growing Degree Days app
By Frank Gublo
Michigan State University Extension and MSU Product Cente
April 27, 2013
Technology can help the urban grower manage their market gardens
Technology has become increasingly important in agriculture production in recent years. With the advent of portable devices, technology can be taken to the field and used for a various production management functions with regard to weed and insect management, growing degree days, and soils characteristics. Mobile applications on smart phones and other devices are another tool to aid in a grower’s decision-making process.
Michigan State University Extension wanted to highlight a few apps that urban growers might want to consider to assist in managing their market gardens.
Purdue University Extension has produced the app Who Let the Bugs Out. The app is in a flashcard-style format and helps gardeners determine what insects they are observing. The app has some limitations in that it is not particularly interactive, but will allow the grower to take a portable computerized identification guide to the field.
The University of Missouri Extension offers the ID Weeds app, which, as the name suggests, helps growers identify weeds. After identifying the weed, then appropriate management decisions can be made.