Growers can now ‘tap their fingers’ and access crop variety comparison and disease diagnostic information following the release of two new mobile apps.
Developed by the National Variety Trials (NVT) program and funded by the GRDC, the NVT Long Term Yield Reports app and the Crop Disease Au app will add to growers’ ability to make informed and on-the-spot management decisions.
The NVT Long Term Yield Reports app enables growers to access and interpret Australian variety data, while the Crop Disease Au app provides access to state-specific disease-resistance ratings, disease information and an extensive disease image library.
NVT is a national GRDC-funded program managed by Australian Crop Accreditation System Limited (ACAS) that provides independent and rigorous information on the performance and characteristics of crop varieties.
NVT general manager Neale Sutton says the new apps give growers the opportunity to quickly and easily match variety selection to environment and likely pest or disease prevalence.
He says the apps provide information on more than 100 crop/disease combinations and take variety analysis and crop diagnostics into the paddock.
“Digital resources such as the new apps are becoming the new frontier for farm businesses,” he says.
GRDC varieties manager Tom Giles says the new apps use live feeds from the NVT database, ensuring variety information is up to date.
“Given that the NVT Long Term Yield Reports app looks at the long-term cross-site analysis, this will be fantastic for growers and agronomists to interrogate both the yield performance and stability of individual crop varieties,” Mr Giles says.
“The release of the Crop Disease Au app will enable growers to select the appropriate variety for a farm rotation, whether that involves nematodes or a crown rot risk, as well as in-season diseases such as rust and ascochyta blight.”
The disease-resistance ratings presented in the Crop Disease Au app have been devised in collaboration with a working group of pathologists from state-based departments, universities and private researchers funded by the GRDC and can also be found on the NVT website.
Both apps are available for Apple and Android devices. The NVT Long Term Yield app is also available for tablets and as a desktop tool.
To download the app for your mobile device or desktop computer, visit the apps section of the NVT website.
Neale Sutton, NVT general manager,
03 9889 4212,
Tom Giles, GRDC varieties manager,
02 6166 4500,
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