Oats have now been added to the popular MyCrop crop diagnosis tool, to assist Western Australian grain growers to optimise their crop potential.
The new addition is available via the Department of Agriculture and Food’s website, while oats have been included as part of the MyCrop suite of apps.
MyCrop already includes a range of interactive tools to help boost wheat, barley, lupins, canola and field pea production.
Department development officer Andrew Blake said the addition to MyCrop was in response to increasing interest in oat production.
“There was a 30 per cent increase in milling oats production in 2015, with an estimated 236,000 hectares sown,” Mr Blake said.
“Plantings are expected to build again this year, buoyed by strong grain prices and yield opportunities offered by new varieties.”
The oat diagnostic tool enables growers to use a process of elimination to identify and treat crop constraints.
“MyCrop is very easy to use,” Mr Blake said. “Growers simply select from a range of paddock and soil clues to identify the likely cause of their problem, such as pests, diseases, soil deficiencies, environmental and weather factors or crop management.
“Once the problem is identified, growers can then link to further information about how to overcome the constraint.
“One of the great features of MyCrop is an extensive library of hundreds of images to compare the symptoms in the grower’s plants to photographs.”
The suite of apps all include a link to the department’s PestFax Map database, to track the location or crop pests and diseases during the season.
The MyCrop apps also includes the MyEconomic tool on all crops to evaluate crop treatment options and a Crop Check function to provide crop monitoring tips throughout the year.
The wheat and barley apps also feature an updated variety selector, to refine the problem solving process.
The suite of MyCrop apps, which was developed by the department with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, has had more than 2100 downloads since its inception in 2013.
To access MyCrop click here. The free apps do not require the internet to function once downloaded.
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