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Farming turns high-tech with apps

Vt. researcher among boosters

WESTFORD, Vt. — A new cyber tool that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems came to life after a University of Vermont researcher realized farmers weren’t very good at keeping records.

“They would guess a lot,” said Heather Darby, an agronomist from the University of Vermont Extension. “Or they’d write it down on little scrap pieces of paper or cigarette packs, like anything they had laying around they’d write it on, and then they’d show up for class, and we’d try to decipher all these little notes.”

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