Sowing the seeds of good crop health
16 May 2017
With the 2017 growing season already underway, Australian grain growers are reminded to sign up for a free tool delivering timely management advice on crop diseases, pests and weeds.
Being on top of issues throughout the growing season is vital for a healthy crop and that's why the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Agriculture Victoria continue to urge growers to get on board with the GrowNotes™ Alert priority notification system.
The free GrowNotes™ Alert system, which includes an app for smart devices, offers growers the chance to get on the front foot with diseases, pests and weeds, as well as highlighting healthy crops to promote market access.
Last year, alerts were released on Russian wheat aphid as well as blackleg and sclerotinia in canola, ascochyta in chickpeas and foliar rust pressure on barley and wheat.
The GrowNotes™ Alert team is preparing for season 2017-18, liaising with grains experts in preparation of management material. GrowNotesTM Alert notifications are only sent out when the issue is urgent, actionable on-farm or economically important, so you will only get an alert when it is important
Just recently, a mouse alert was sent out to growers to encourage monitoring and reporting, given build up in parts of southern Australia.
Agriculture Victoria Program Manager for the GRDC GrowNotes™ Alert project, Kellyanne Harris, said there is now increasing demand for the service.
"More than 4000 people saw the GrowNotes™ Alert on sclerotinia, with most hits coming from the Northern Region – and a large number of those visitors clicked through for further information," Ms Harris said.
"Critically, the system is two-way, allowing growers to upload photos on the spot, and feed relevant and immediate information back to our extensive range of experts across Australia."
Growers who subscribe are also given a free macro lens and are encouraged to send in issues with their crops to allow for early action to be taken if there a problem is identified.
GrowNotes™ Alert directs users to available, up-to-date information regarding an identified issue and delivers notifications at a critical time to ensure immediate action can be taken.
Tom McCue, GRDC Manager Digital Products and Services, Regional Grower Services, emphasised that GrowNotes™ Alert is a system designed to enable timely and relevant alerts for pest, weeds and disease information across Australia.
"GrowNotes™ Alert links users to information and sources to enable action on the farm," Mr McCue said.
Subscribers can choose to receive that information as push notifications to their smart phones, tablets or computers as an SMS and/or email, an app alert, or by logging into the GrowNotes™ Alertsubscriber website portal. And anyone call follow the regional Twitter handles @GNAlertNorth @GNAlertSouth and @GNAlertWest.
To subscribe, please visit https://grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/grownotes/alerts, choose the crops and/or locations specifically relevant to you, the user, and click on the emailed confirmation link to confirm your subscription. You can update or manage your account at any time.
For further information and to claim your free macro lens, a dedicated email address is monitored daily, so please contact the GrowNotes™ Alert team at any time on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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