Free workshop demonstrates phone apps for range, weed monitoring

Close up of man's hands as he uses a tablet in a field.
Rangeland managers can learn to use GrassSnap, a mobile app for monitoring range conditions. Photo: Nebraska Extension

A hands-on workshop lets rangeland managers explore new tools to monitor range and pasture conditions. “Electronic Range and Weed Monitoring for this Generation” is a free UW Extension workshop in Glenrock Dec. 1 and Douglas Dec. 12.

In Glenrock, the event is at the Glenrock Community Library, 506 South 4th Street, Thurs. Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

In Douglas, the event is at the Converse County Library, 300 E. Walnut Street Wed. Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

The class is free but registration is requested to ensure class materials are available for each participant. Instructor Scott Cotton is a certified rangeland manager and UW Extension agriculture and horticulture educator across three states.

For more information or to register, contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 or

Participants will use Web Soil Survey, a USDA-developed electronic range monitoring program that lets users capture scientific data. GrassSnap for photo monitoring helps producers get comparative landscape views year to year and simplifies downloading, storing, and saving notes. Both apps can be used on smart phone or tablet.