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Ag apps workshop Oct. 22 in Floresville

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will teach a series of workshops in South Texas on agricultural apps, with one set for Wilson County.

The program is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the Church of Christ in Floresville. Cost is $25 with lunch provided. Two continuing educational hours will be offered for private commercial and non-commercial applicators at this program.

Registration is requested by calling the Wilson County AgriLife Extension Office at 830-393-7357 by Monday, Oct. 21.

The goal is to teach farmers and ranchers to use their iPhones and iPads to make decisions to improve their bottom line, whether in the field, on the tractor, or in the pickup. The hands-on part of the workshop will be conducted on Apple iPads but Microsoft and Android tablets will also be demonstrated during the class.

Instructors Jay Yates and Jackie Smith will use a lab of 25 iPads to lead the participants in hands-on sessions to better utilize some of the hundreds of agricultural apps available.

They will spend some time to make sure all the participants understand the basics of using an iPad and iPhone, but most of the workshop will be dedicated to looking at a wide range of ag apps.

Yates and Smith will discuss their favorite two or three ag apps in several different categories, including weather, record keeping, decision aids, livestock, agronomy, markets, precision ag, ag news, and general utilities.

The mobile device boom is putting a camera, touch screen, high speed Internet, and GPS in the hands of farmers and ranchers, even on the tractor or in the pickup. These basic capabilities of tablets and smart phones have paved the way for the development of thousands of useful apps, and the ag industry can expect that the number of ag apps will likely continue to increase rapidly as they move forward.

For more information regarding the content of the workshops, call Jay Yates or Jackie Smith at 806-746-6101.

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