Iowa State Helps Develop App for Recording Pesticide Applications

February 19th, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Meeting state and federal pesticide record-keeping requirements can be as easy as pulling out a smartphone or tablet for producers and agribusinesses, thanks to an app Iowa State University helped develop.

The Pesticide Safety Education Program at Iowa State worked on the Pesticide and Field Records app for iOS and Android systems with funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Environmental Protection Agency. It is available at no charge from the iTunes store (Pesticide and Field Records Plus) and Google Play (Pesticide and Field Records).

The ISU Extension and Outreach program, formerly known as the Pest Management and the Environment Program, is working with the developers to improve the app’s usefulness and features, said Kristine Schaefer, program manager and extension program specialist.

The app is designed to help producers and agricultural businesses record and maintain pesticide application information. It allows users to document pesticide application information and link the information to specific field locations using satellite mapping.

The app also features a product search option that lists EPA product registration numbers and identifies restricted use products. The iPad version, and an updated release of the Android version scheduled for late-February, includes printing and emailing capabilities.

Contacts: 

Kristine Schaefer, Pesticide Safety Education Program, (515) 294-4286, schaefer@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu