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New app designed to help Florida farmers

Farm Tractor
Posted at 5:05 AM, Sep 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-10 01:12:55-04

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida farmers will soon be able to coordinate their crops with a few swipes of their smartphones.

      A new program developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in partnership with University of Florida's Automated Weather Network, will provide up-to-the-minute information on key weather variables, including rainfall, temperature, humidity, dew point, wind speed and wind direction.

      Agriculture secretary Adam Putnam says the app will help farmers make decisions on irrigation and nutrient applications.

      An online map of the state aggregates data collected from weather stations on private agricultural lands throughout Florida. It's also available on Android smartphone platforms and an iPhone app will be available in coming months.