Tracking Growing Degree Days?

Farmer Iron

There's an app to help you do it, and this year knowing where you are versus hybrid needs can help you plan ahead.

Published on: August 2, 2013

And now from the shameless self-promotion department comes a little help. If you're trying to track growing degree days we have a smart phone app for that. The program we developed with our partners iNet Solutions has been on the market for a few years now and during the scorching Drought of 2012 the program wasn't too much help.

However, with the rain-delayed 2013 season, knowing just how far off you are from normal, or how many accumulated growing degree units you have since planting versus what the seed tag said about what you need to reach black layer in corn could be important.

When we developed the app the idea was to give you a quick indicator or tool you could use to get a handle on what's going on in your fields. The system uses National Oceanic and Air Administration weather data and a little math to figure your growing degree units. It's even possible to adjust it if you live a little farther south and you like a 50-degree base versus a 60-degree base.

Screen shot shows information available in Growing Degree Days app. You can pick your start date for data.
Screen shot shows information available in Growing Degree Days app. You can pick your start date for data.

Most hybrids have a GDU to black layer number or rating and with this tool in hand you can match up just where you are. I know that more of the precision ag tools on the market are reaching out to that NOAA data to get the same information, this little tool - which now includes weather radar and a few other features is a free way to do a quick check wherever you are.

You can even go into settings and select the start date for measuring growing degree days for your area. Planting date is always a good starting point.

And you can tap the map for more distant fields and get that information too. So if you're trying to track growing degree days check out the app we've offered. Here's a link to provide you access to both the iPhone and Android versions of the app.

Check it out. On the same link you'll also find connections to our Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days apps as well - and with show season less than a month away one of those apps could be valuable to you too.

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