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New app helps pesticide applicators keep records

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A new app developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program will help farmers and other pesticide applicators keep electronic records more easily, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln pesticide safety education program extension assistant said.

The app is called “PeRK,” which is short for Pesticide Record Keeping. It is a free app and will be a useful tool for anyone who applies any type of pesticides and uses mobile devices—smartphones and tablets, Android or Apple, said Pierce Hansen, pesticide safety education program Extension assistant in the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Pesticide applicators that spray restricted use pesticides are required by law to keep their pesticide application records for three years.

“This app will be especially handy because many people are carrying a smart phone or iPad, and instead of having to carry around a book and a pen, you can have it all on your phone or tablet,” Hansen said.

Records are saved within the app on the mobile device and can be easily emailed to a recipient and saved on a computer. While the app is developed with Nebraska in mind, it can be a useful tool for keeping records in any state, Hansen said.

The free app is available from the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.unl.pested or Apple App store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pesticide-recordkeeping/id647276572?mt=8&uo=4.

The app was made by Educational Media at UNL.

Date: 7/22/2013



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