Sporecaster 4+

Soybean White Mold Forecaster

University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management Program

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings
    • Free

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Description

The purpose of Sporecaster is to assist farmers in making management decisions for white mold in soybean. The best time to manage white mold is during flowering (R1 and R2 growth stages) when apothecia (small, mushroom-like structures) are present on the soil surface. Apothecia release spores which infect senescing soybean flowers, leading to the development of white mold. University research has indicated that the appearance of apothecia can be predicted using several variables including weather and amount of soybean row closure in a field. Based on this research, models have been developed to forecast the risk of apothecia being present in a soybean field. Farmers can easily input site-specific information about their soybean field into this app, which combines this information with the research-based models to predict the best timing for white mold treatment or if treatment is even needed at the time.

Sporecaster uses GPS coordinates to determine if past local weather has been favorable for the development of apothecia during soybean flowering in a field. Models in the app use 30-day averages of maximum temperature, relative humidity, and maximum wind speed to predict favorable conditions for most soybean growing regions. Based on these predictions and crop phenology, a site-specific risk prediction is generated for three scenarios (non-irrigated soybeans, soybeans planted on 15" row-spacing and irrigated, or soybeans planted on 30" row-spacing and irrigated).

What’s New

Version 1.41

Fixed a bug causing fields in certain time zones to download weather incorrectly.

Ratings and Reviews

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3 Ratings

App Privacy

The developer, University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management Program, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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