18 Jul 2016

IPNI Nutrient Expert® for Android Tablets and Smart Phones

July 18, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is pleased to announce the release of android-based versions of Nutrient Expert® for crops and geographies, i.e., maize, rice, and wheat for China and South Asia; soybean for China; and maize for the Philippines. The application is envisioned to help promote the dissemination of 4R-based nutrient management recommendations – applying the right source of nutrients at the right rate, right time, and in the right place, which is a major IPNI priority.

Available in English as well as local languages (e.g., Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog), the app can be downloaded free of charge at http://software.ipni.net. Once the app is downloaded and installed on the mobile device, it can provide nutrient recommendations even in the absence of Internet. A summary recommendation can be sent directly to a farmer through SMS, while the full report/ recommendation can be sent through e-mail.

The Nutrient Expert® app enables crop advisers and agricultural extension workers to obtain fertilizer recommendations tailored to field-specific conditions, which can then help farmers increase their yield, profit, and fertilizer use efficiency. In addition, Nutrient Expert® offers a ‘Profit Analysis’ module that compares ex-ante profit of current farmer’s practice vs. Nutrient Expert® recommended practice. The Nutrient Expert® for Maize (Philippines) also includes a ‘Net Profit Analysis’ calculator and a ‘Cost-Profit Scenarios’ table, which can help farmers make decisions on fertilizer investment.

All Nutrient Expert® apps are based on field-validated models. The underlying concepts and principles have been published widely in scientific journals. Next in line are Nutrient Expert® apps for Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, which are currently being field-validated and slated for release in 1 to 2 years.

About IPNI
The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is a not-for-profit, science-based organization dedicated to the responsible management of plant nutrition for the benefit of people. Through cooperation and partnerships with respected institutions around the world, IPNI adds its strength to agronomic research, education, demonstrations, training, and other endeavors. Best management practices for nutrient stewardship encourage the concept of 4Rs - applying the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. To learn more about IPNI, please visit: www.ipni.net

Contact Dr. Mirasol Pampolino, IPNI Deputy Director of Southeast Asia Program. Email: mpampolino@ipni.net

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