Livestock Technology

Ranchers can now ‘Grass Snap’ on Apple and Android


It’s not Snapchat. It’s Grass Snap, and it’s now available on Android OS.

A mobile-device app developed by Nebraska Extension, Grass Snap helps ranchers track the condition of their grasslands. The Android version joins GrassSnap’s iOS version for Apple’s mobile operating system.

With GrassSnap, ranchers can record the condition of each pasture photographically each year after the growing season, and compare changes from year to year.

Features of Grass Snap include:

  • “Overlay” or ghost image allows a user to capture the same “look out” photograph, by laying the original landscape view over the screen. Silhouettes of the hills will easily line up year after year.
  • Photo-stamps each photograph with the pasture name, GPS location (in decimal degrees), and date.  Up to six photographs can be taken per transect.
  • Captures data that relates to the photographs, including grazing indexes for the Nebraska Sandhills and western native grasslands.  Comments, such as rainfall amounts, grazing records, or other events, can also be recorded.
  • Organizes photographs and data in in a separate folder for each pasture, which can be uploaded to a home computer.
  • Can be used with or without cell service on your Android smart device.

Grass Snap is free to users, thanks to support from Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and Nebraska Extension. To download it, search for “UNL Grass Snap” at the Play Store.

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