Cotton software wins national award

COTTON CROP management software developed for use on the Palm Operating System® (Palm OS®) or 'handheld' computers, to help farmers reduce their pesticide use, has won a major national information technology award.

Against 190 competitors, CottonLOGIC for Palm OS® was judged winner of the 2002 Asia Pacific Australia Information-Communication-Telecommunication (ICT) Awards in the Natural Resource Management category.

The award recognises innovation in Australian ICT that contributes to the preservation or enhancement of the Australian environment.

"CottonLOGIC is a computerbased decision-support system that incorporates a range of research to help cotton growers make costeffective pest management, fertiliser and irrigation decisions," says winning team leader, Michael Bange of CSIRO Plant Industry.

CottonLOGIC is the first decision-support software to be adapted for the Palm OS® that can run simulation models to process data that fanners enter while in thefield.

Data can be seamlessly integrated onto a single desktop computer for more comprehensive analysis and reporting from a number of Palm handheld computers collecting data from a number of farms.

CottonLOGIC for Palm OS® can be obtained free of charge by contacting Mr Dave Larsen, CSIRO Plant Industry, on 02 6799 1534.

Contact: Dr Michael Bange 02 6799 1540