The Digital Revolution

According to Google, Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.” Given the validity of much of what we read online, I’m unable to confirm that these words came from the mouth of old Al, but it’s a thought-provoking statement nonetheless. We are truly living in a digital age, and traditional human conversation seems to be slowly degrading into short, electronic messages with limited vowels, and emotions expressed via frowning faces constructed with punctuation marks.

Call me old-fashioned, but I still subscribe to the notion that phones are not appropriate at the dinner table (aside from the obligatory Facebook check-in and Instagram of your delicious-looking meal, of course). In spite of the blatant disregard for simple social etiquette that they can induce, smartphones, tablets and the like have revolutionized the way we access information. Technology has made it possible to seek out the knowledge you need, whether it’s weed identification, weather reports or irrigation schedules, from anywhere in the world. Even better, this technology is rapidly and constantly improving. To help maximize the benefits of your mobile device, check out these great apps for sports field managers.

Mobile Weed Manual

Brand new from The University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Weed Science Team, Mobile Weed Manual can help you choose the right herbicide for your field. The free app allows users to search for specific weeds they want to control, and then provides information on which herbicides are most effective. It also includes label information for over 100 herbicides. Visit the Web address above for a link to download.

Turfgrass Management

Developed by the University of Georgia, Turfgrass Management is a comprehensive app that features pictures, information and recommendations for managing turfgrass and controlling insects, diseases and weeds. The database includes pre and postemergent herbicides, insecticides, fungicides PGRs and more, and is regularly updated with new products and label amendments.


Arguably the most comprehensive weather app available, WeatherBug provides real-time local weather, including temperature, dew point, humidity, wind, pressure and any active weather alerts for the area. The app also features live weather webcams, pollen count and a variety of lifestyle-specific forecasts, which include game day and golf.

Katie Meyers