Identifying weeds just got easier with this new app for smartphones

Weeds such as Dandelions

The University of Missouri Extension recently released an update for its free ID Weeds app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden.

Kevin Bradley, an MU Extension weed scientist, says the update includes new graphics and is more user-friendly than the initial version. The app offers information on more than 430 weed species found in crop fields, pastures, lawns, gardens or aquatic areas in Missouri and surrounding states, Bradley said.

ID Weeds lets users thin down the list of potential weed species with a series of illustrations and drop-down boxes for various plant characteristics. The user chooses characteristics to identify the weed. Detailed information and one or more photographs help the user narrow the choices.

You also can find a weed by searching for its common or scientific name or select from an alphabetical list of all weeds contained in the app. “Proper identification of weeds is important so that you choose an appropriate and cost-effective method of control,” said Bradley.

James Meng, a programmer for MU Extension Technology and Computer Services, helped Bradley develop the app. ID Weeds is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad running iOS 6.0 or later, and devices running Android 4.0 or later.

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