New Apps for your “Smart”phone

My Florida Farm Weather

FL farmweatherRecently, there were two new apps released that will be helpful to Florida growers of both fruit and vegetables.  Growers can get real-time local weather data from the “My Florida Farm Weather” Program.  The website address is: http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu/mffw/ – and there is an app for the Android platform at this point, with an iPhone app coming soon (the release of iOS 7 most likely delayed its release).

Key information on rainfall, temperature, humidity, dew point, wind speed and wind direction can be found from both FAWN and grower sites.  Historical data will be added to the site – which will be a useful tool for site selection and variety selection.

Web Soil Survey 3.0

The California Soil Resource Lab has released an iPhone and Android app to navigate the USDA-NRCS web soil survey maps.  This is a handy tool for those evaluating sites and determining irrigation systems and rates for a new planting.  There are also links on the website for linking to Google Earth images and Google Maps images showing soil information.  A neat tool for on-the-go soil information!

For the iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soilweb-for-the-iphone/id354911787?mt=8
For the Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=casoilresource.apps.soilweb&feature=search_result

Here is an image of our soil types on campus:

soilweb image

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