Growers to get an early jump on potential threats

Author: Chris Pittock | Date: 10 Feb 2016

Man kneeling in field holding grain in hand

Dr Chris Pittock, DEDTJR project leader

Grain growers are being strongly encouraged to subscribe in advance to a new alert system that will send early warnings about potential threats from diseases, weeds and pests.

GrowNotes Alert will publish urgent messages, sent from experts across the country, in an attempt to address any potential threats before they become problematic and a financial burden on growers and the industry.

In an Australian-first growers will be able to nominate their farm locations and specific crop types, increasing the relevance of alerts, their reliability, speed and coverage.

The free alerts will be sent to growers and advisers in the format of their choice, either from an App, email, media portal, as an SMS or voice message, or via Twitter.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australian pathologists, entomologists and weed experts have joined forces to deliver the new system.

GrowNotes Alert will build on GRDC's existing GrowNotes, a popular web-based information service focused on delivering packaged crop-specific management resources.

DEDTJR project leader Dr Chris Pittock said the new alerts will speed up the release of information and give land managers the freedom to decide how they would prefer to receive the information, saving both time and money.

“GrowNotes Alert is taking early subscribers now, with a view to launching a full service by mid-year,” Dr Pittock said.

“Early subscription will give growers a chance to get familiar with the tool, and possibly help us in user-testing the system in our ‘pilot’ phase.”

“We want to be able to deliver what growers and advisers want.”

“We will look at all feedback to iron out any bugs and issues, and we will address any specific needs, so that growers will get a system they find user-friendly and one that they really want to use for the benefit of their operations.”

The App and Twitter channels will be launched closer to mid-year when GrowNotes Alert becomes fully operational.

GrowNotes Alert’s will be launched at the Grains Industry Update in Adelaide this week, to become an earlybird subscriber go to www.grdc.com.au/grownotesalert.

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