GrowNotes Alert™ ... notifications don't stop at harvest
21 December 2016
While taking photos of your bumper crop this season, why not send your snaps to GrowNotes Alert™ for the chance to win a drone?
With record yields coming in, now is the time to sign up and submit healthy or suspect surveillance photos of your harvested and stored grain.
Since its release, grain growers and advisers across the country have successfully signed up to GrowNotes Alert™ to receive early and actionable pest, disease and weed warnings, as well as national biosecurity alerts.
Subscribers have been sending in crop photos of suspected pest, disease and weed issues – as well as highlighting their healthy crops, which helps to promote market access.
The two-way system, which opens up communication between end-users and experts, can also be beneficial during harvest, with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Agriculture Victoria, Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF), Plant Health Australia (PHA) and Grain Producers Australia (GPA) all united in urging farmers to sign up and to help feed vital user information back into the system.
GPA chair Andrew Weidmann subscribed at the national launch in Birchip "to keep in touch with what's going on".
"This system will support the people who are working for us, and early detection is important so we can look at how we might put control measures in place should we need to," Mr Weidmann said.
The outbreak of Russian Wheat Aphid (RWA) earlier this year brought home the critical need for the new grains notification system, and with social media playing a huge role in spreading the word about RWA, the three regional GrowNotes Alert™ Twitter handles greatly assist in extending the reach of each notification.
This harvest, subscribers sending in crop and grain surveillance shots using GrowNotes Alert™ are also encouraged to share on social media with the hashtags #GrowNotesAlert and #GIMAF – and users who submit surveillance images also have the chance to win a drone during the official pilot.
GIMAF executive manager Tony Russell said that while there has been great uptake of GrowNotes Alert™ thus far, he would like to see more data and surveillance intel being submitted – especially over the harvest period.
"Understanding what pests, conditions or even weed seeds are present in our grain enables us to best shape and manage crops to meet the needs of export markets in the future," Mr Russell said.
"With many growers storing grain on-farm this year, it is important they are on the look-out for grain pests and infestations to better anticipate any quarantine or other matters that may impact on grain marketability."
PHA CEO Greg Fraser said the data collected through GrowNotes Alert™ can inform across a wide range of applications, not least of all proof of absence (of a disease or pest), but also identifying what's out there that we don't know about.
"Through its grains biosecurity officers across the country, PHA stores data to its Virtual Co-ordination Centre (VCC), with all states working together to develop a national overall picture of our grain growing regions.
"We're expecting GrowNotes Alert™ to evolve – the priority is still to try and get growers signing up," Mr Fraser said.
GrowNotes Alert™ is co-funded by Agriculture Victoria and the GRDC. For further information about subscriptions, the pilot promotion and immediate on-the-spot surveillance, please visit the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) website or email the team directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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