PestFacts WA

Agworld platform users are collaborating with PestFax this season

PestFax newsletter readers may have noticed that we have published insect and disease reports from Agworld users in this issue and readers can expect to see Agworld mentioned in future PestFax newsletter issues.

Agworld and DPIRD, with the support of the Elders WA Agronomy group, are now trialling a new way of collaborating to allow reports of insect pests, diseases and weeds to flow easily and directly from the Agworld platform to the PestFax service.

DPIRD believe that by increasing the number of pest, weed and disease reports to PestFax, more information can be compiled over time to return valuable insights to the industry.

Agworld records containing pest, weeds or diseases matching a predetermined set of crop/pest/disease combinations are sent as an anonymous report to PestFax. It is important to understand that the data is anonymised to allay and address data privacy concerns.

Agworld has worked with DPIRD and the Elders WA Agronomy group to design and test this data collaboration, and if all goes well, other Agworld users will be invited to take part in future.

This collaboration was made possible through a competitive grant process by DPIRD’s eConnected Grainbelt project, and we hope to have other participating external reporters down the track.

Agworld is an Australian company founded in 2009 and a global leader in collaborative farm management, enabling farmers, advisors and third parties to work together as one on a single platform. Agworld’s industry-leading standardised database makes it quick and easy to create accurate, reportable farm data. With over 50 000 farms and more than 28 000 users across 15 countries, Agworld has the experience, capacity and market presence to support the delivery of innovation to farmers, agronomists and those that serve them. For more information visit the Agworld website.

The PestFax team is excited about this collaboration particularly as this could prompt more reporting of pests and disease occurrences in crops and pastures in the future. We will then be able to display more occurrences on the PestFax map and extend pest and disease information and management advice to our PestFax newsletter subscribers.

For more information on this collaboration contact Art Diggle, Senior Research Officer, South Perth on +61 (0)8 9368 3563 or Simon Foley, Agworld General Manager on +61 (0)8 6230 2290.