WEED APP USE GROWS: Use of an innovative mobile-based weed identification application continues to grow. The Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Weeds: The Ute Guide application provides growers and farm advisers in the southern cropping region with a free-of-charge weeds identification service that can be accessed anywhere at any time via Android™, iPhone or iPad devices. The application is designed to be used in the paddock to assist in identifying the most common annual, biennial and perennial weeds in southern Australia. GRDC Regional Grower Services’ Manager of Delivery Platforms, Tom McCue, says the weed identification tool, a major advancement in communicating industry knowledge to growers, is the first of GRDC’s popular hard-copy Ute Guides to be converted into a mobile phone application. Mr McCue says the application, available only in Australia and New Zealand, has been created in a farmer-friendly format to streamline the weeds identification process. “Where possible, photographs of the weed at various growth stages have been provided to ensure correct identification. A calendar for each weed shows which time of the year the weed is likely to be present in the paddock,” he said. “And the application allows users to search, identify, compare and email photographs of weeds to their networks via their phone’s inbuilt contacts list.” For more information or to download a free copy of the application, visit www.grdc.com.au/Resources/App-Store.
Caption: Tom McCue, GRDC Regional Grower Services’ Manager of Delivery Platforms, says the weed identification application is a major advancement in communicating industry knowledge to growers.
Further information is available from Tom McCue, GRDC Regional Grower Services’ Manager of Delivery Platforms