You are probably aware that the UK Wheat Science Working Group will be holding its annual Winter Wheat Workshop on January 6, 2015 at the Christian County Cooperative Extension office. NOTE: this is a change of location from the original announcement.
This year, a part of the program will include two out-of-state guests: Dr. Brian McCornack and Dr. Wendy Johnson, both from Kansas State University. They will be presenting a true workshop, with hands-on activities of interest to not only small grain growers, but also to producers of corn and soybean. After all, many small grain growers produce all three crops. In any case, at this particular wheat workshop, the techniques that will be discussed have application to all those crops.
Included below is an abstract that our guest presenters have provided describing this particular workshop. In short, this is about using mobile devices to send, receive, and manage field level information that producers need in order to make decisions. I feel that what you will see and hear at this demonstration is the beginning of how data and information will be handled in the future. Let’s give our Kentucky folks an early look! Bring your fully charged mobile device with you!
About the MyFields Workshop
This workshop will be used to discuss the underlying concepts around transforming Extension through digital delivery using the MyFields web-based application. This application is being developed to:
1) Facilitate economical and effective IPM systems for agronomic crops
2) Provide stakeholders with an economical and high-resolution environmental and biological monitoring system for predicting pest incidence, estimating economic losses, and providing input-specific and valid action thresholds across multiple cropping systems
3) Link varying diagnostic tools for arthropods, diseases, and weeds that are connected to reporting mechanisms that push management information to the end-user
4) Provide a novel delivery method (i.e. MyFields) for implementing IPM by pushing management information to stakeholders based on account preferences, field locations, and varietal selections, which insures a multi-directional flow of information across multiple disciplines (i.e., agronomy, entomology, pathology, agricultural economics).
In this workshop, learn how Extension is working with growers to leverage push technologies to help you manage your fields and farms (Figure 1). The ‘hands-on’ experience for participants of this workshop is essential for successful adoption of a new technology (i.e. MyFields) by actively demonstrating the benefits over more traditional delivery methods of Extension resources.
The workshop will consist of a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation that will provide a general overview of the project and web-application concept (“push technologies” in general), along with a live demonstration of the site. The remaining time will be used for answering questions and helping participants create accounts and register field sites to use with a hands-on activity with at least two of the tools in the ToolShed.
This will be a hands-on event so it is important that everyone bring a fully charged mobile device!
by Doug Johnson, Extension Entomologist