How MyFields.info helps Producers

(Jamie) We’re back! Let’s join Kyle and Wendy as they discuss MyFields.info.
(Kyle) Hi this is Kyle Bauer. I have the opportunity to visit with Wendy Johnson. She’s with Kansas State University. Wendy I heard just the end of a program, you talking about a new app based website from Kansas State. Can you explain that to us? (Wendy) Yes, this is a web-based application. It’s called MyFields.info is our website name. This is a multi-state project that we’re working on. This is about year two of year four and we are incorporating other state’s information, so that’s why instead of a K-State in our name it’s MyFields.info. Our site is really about pushing Extension information in one place for our Kansas crops. (Kyle) As you look at that site then, will you be able to see everything from livestock to crops? (Wendy) Excellent question. Right now this is all crop based. There’s plenty of room to add features for livestock and other things in the future, but right now this is really just based on wheat, sorghum, soybeans, corn, even cotton. (Kyle) As we blend from the southern part of Kansas to the northern part of Kansas there might be information that is pertinent to northern producers out of Nebraska and the same said of southern producers out of Oklahoma. Is that the intent? (Wendy) Yes, the intent here is to customize the Extension experience. So, right now the way that we do Extension at K-State is that we give our stakeholders everything possible, everything that’s available. What we want to start doing now is giving you the opportunity to tell us what crops you’re most interested in and then what management decisions do you most often make? Are they pest related? Are they fertility or something else? Variety decisions? And it could be different from the top of the state down to the bottom of the state. When you log on to our site, or you can create a free account on MyFields.info, you can tell us where you are. Now we can start to tailor all of that information that we have available down to what region of the state are you in? Especially since our management decisions could be different on the western part of the state or the eastern part of the state. (Kyle) So, once I do that filtering I’ll call it, does the site retain that information for me or do I need to reload that each time? (Wendy) It retains it the first time that you make an account. We are, like I was saying, we are in our development phases, so a lot of the features are there, but we don’t have all of the functionality available yet. This is going to be something that we’re working on over the next couple of years, the setting of preferences and then pushing the information that’s tailored down to your cropping system, your fields, the location of your fields. (Kyle) And one last time if people want to start experimenting, how might they find it? (Wendy) We’re pushing a project right now on the site that’s multi state. It’s about monitoring the presence of the sugar cane aphid as it moves up from Texas, through Oklahoma and into Kansas. If you go to MyFields.info and you create an account, it automatically signs you up for alerts. What these alerts do, and it’s based on a network of Extension agents and researchers, specialists from universities in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, that will be reporting the presence of sugar cane aphids. That report will be…allows us on the site to create a localized alert so that an agent could create an email notification to everyone that’s on MyFields that’s in their county or to the county to the north of them to say, Sugar Cane Aphid is moving into your area. So at this point you want to go out and scout and use the latest information that we have for sampling, for thresholds and for chemical treatment. So along with that notification we can also push all that latest information to you. (Kyle) We’re visiting with Wendy Johnson and if you want to go it’s MyFields.info. This is Kyle Bauer reporting from Great Bend.
(Jamie) Thanks, Kyle. Next is this week’s Kansas Soybean Update.

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