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Farm Crap App Pro: new release to help farmers accurately plan manure applications

The Farm Crap App Pro will be launched at the industry’s Grassland & Muck event scheduled to take place at Stoneleigh Park on the 24th and 25th May.

The FarmCrapApp Pro has been developed by Duchy College’s Rural Business School in partnership with Rothamsted Research North Wyke, which receives strategic funding from BBSRC. This brand-new app is available free of charge on both Apple and Android devices. From the team behind the award winning Farm Crap App, this new app incorporates innovative new features which help optimising its usability for farmers.

The app still includes a calculator function which allows you to quickly assign a nutrient and economic value to a manure application. The functionality of the calculator is extended to fully represent how you are managing the field, with the option to include different application methods, crops grown, and seasonality.

The app allows you to create field records, and using the intuitive field mapper integrate farm maps into those records. Seamlessly creating whole field nutrient management plans, integrating crop requirements with manure nutrients to allow efficient use of manures within the rotation.

The FarmCrapApp Pro has been created using nutrient values from AHDB’s RB209 Fertiliser Manual which are used alongside images of manures spread at different rates. These images correspond to calculations of the total and crop available nutrient contents of these manure applications. These records can then be stored on the user’s phone or emailed to the farm computer.

Dr Stephen Roderick, manager at the Rural Business School explains “This brand new app, the FarmCrapApp Pro successfully adds even more functionality and flexibility than the original whilst the app remains a very practical and easy-to-use tool that potentially brings real benefit to the farmer.  The partnership team have done an excellent job of converting research and development into practical advice and information for the farming community.”

The app has been designed to work without the need for internet, mobile or wireless connections, and can be used in the field where the figures can help improve nutrient use efficiency. It will be demonstrated on the Rothamsted Research stand at Grassland and Muck. It can be downloaded from www.swarmhub.co.uk/fca or from the iTunes or Google play stores.

 

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Notes for editors

  • The SWARM Knowledge Hub is an RDPE funded web-based knowledge exchange project aimed at helping farmers and growers across the south west manage their resources sustainably. It provides information on latest research, best practices and innovative technologies that can help make farm businesses more environmentally and financially efficient and resilient.
  • The android version of the FarmCrapApp was developed by FoAM Kernow, and the iOS version was developed by Elixir.
  • The SWARM Knowledge Hub (swarmhub.co.uk) was developed by the PPRE Partnership comprising Duchy College Rural Business School, Rothamsted Research North Wyke, the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth.

About Rothamsted Research

We are the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Rothamsted has two campuses, the main site at Harpenden in Hertfordshire and North Wyke in Devon. The North Wyke site specialises in grassland livestock systems research with a particular focus on the impact on farming on soils, water, air. This research is then used to help guide the design and management of grassland systems to optimise their economic, environmental and social sustainability for the long term.

Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.

Rothamsted Research receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)of £27.2M per annum.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, and with an annual budget of around £467M (2012-2013), we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk