Expanding the PeanutFARM tools to offer a Smartphone app to peanut growers


University of Florida

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Southeast (GA, FL, AL)

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To remain both economically and environmentally sustainable, peanut growers require access to new technologies and tools that can maximize production through improved agronomic management of their peanut crop, including in-season and harvest decisions. With the release of the web based tool, Peanut FARM (Field Agronomic Resource Manager) funded in part by the NPB/SPRI program in 2012-2014, growers now have access to a suite of tools on a web platform. TOOL #1: Peanut maturity predictor. An adjusted growing degree day (aGDD) model for predicting peanut maturity has been incorporated into a web platform and was launched for the 2013 growing season. TOOL #2: Irrigation Scheduling System. Launched with the aGDD tool in 2013, this tool utilizes cumulative aGDD's and ET to estimate crop water use and provides daily irrigation recommendations. TOOL #3: Digital imaging model (DIM}. Our team has finalized the development of DIM to assess peanut maturity and have successfully translated the digital analysis of mesocarp color into a digging date prediction. We are currently developing a web platform for the tool on the PeanutFARM site. We now propose to launch the tools available on PeanutFARM on a Smartphone App to increase the platform options to growers and make these tools more accessible to growers while working in the field.

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