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In this Oct. 21, 2013 photo, Tony Pouliot demonstrates the goCrop app on his mobile photo in the cab of his combine on his farm  in Westford, Vt.  Farmers can now use smart phones and computers to monitor and modify what nutrients they add to their soil, thanks to the new computer app created by a University of Vermont researcher. More than 50 Vermont farmers are now using goCrop, created with help from $400,000 grant, and farmers in other states are about to take advantage of the new tool. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
In this Oct. 21, 2013 photo, Tony Pouliot demonstrates the goCrop app on his mobile photo in the cab of his combine on his farm in Westford, Vt. Farmers can now use smart phones and computers to monitor and modify what nutrients they add to their soil, thanks to the new computer app created by a University of Vermont researcher. More than 50 Vermont farmers are now using goCrop, created with help from $400,000 grant, and farmers in other states are about to take advantage of the new tool. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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(AP) Farmers across the country are relying on new cyber tools to help them monitor the weather and their irrigation systems and even map crops.


Longtime dairy farmers in Vermont are now keeping records on their smartphones of their fields and crops from manure and fertilizer applications to corn and hay harvests, thanks to a savvy University of Vermont researcher.


Agronomist Heather Darby of UVM Extension got the idea as she was working with farmers to develop plans to manage their fields and crops and protect the environment. She said the farmers weren't very good at keeping records, but they had grown accustomed to using cellphones.


Her goCrop app received about $400,000 more from the federal government this spring to expand for use around the Northeast and in California.


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