Crop diagnosis and response a click away for agronomists

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 21 Jun 2016

Portrait of Dr Chris Pittock and Sarah Noack Dr Chris Pittock from DEDJTR in Victoria instructs Sarah Noack, research and extension manager with Hart Field-Site Group (SA), on how to use CropPro.

Southern region agronomists who support grain growers with timely, professional advice are in turn being supported through the 2016 cropping season.

A web-based diagnostic tool to assist agronomists in identifying and managing cropping constraints will again be available this year, following a successful first year of operation in 2015.

CropPro, designed specifically for use in the southern cropping region and available at www.croppro.com.au, was developed through the Grains Research and Development Corporation-funded Diagnostic Agronomy Southern program with co-funding from the Victorian Government.

Dr Chris Pittock, from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) in Victoria, says the three core functions of CropPro are to diagnose the cause of crop problems, support risk analysis and to provide evidence-based information for management of crop constraints.

“CropPro offers wheat and canola diagnostic tools, economic calculators for the management of most constraints, explanatory videos, and in-house browse-able content and search functions,” Dr Pittock said.

“Diseases alone are estimated to cause annual losses valued at hundreds of millions of dollars in the southern cropping region, so finding timely and effectively solutions is vital for agronomists and growers.

“CropPro enables diagnoses of constraints to yield in the field and provides solid management information in the one place.

“Agronomists are at the frontline of the provision of advice and it is important they are equipped with cutting-edge technology that enables rapid diagnosis of crop issues and response.”

More information about CropPro is available from Dr Chris Pittock on 0458 620759 or email Chris.Pittock@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

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