App sprouts pod­cast ac­cess

Countryman - - MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY - Cally Dupe

Farm­ers fac­ing hours alone in the header this har­vest can tune in to a new weekly pod­cast series on im­prov­ing grain grow­ers’ prof­itabil­ity.

GRDC Pod­cast, which fea­tures re­searchers, grow­ers, ad­vis­ers and in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, is only in its in­fancy.

Grains Re­search De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion grower re­la­tions man­ager Jo Wheeler be­lieves the wide range of top­ics will ap­peal to farm­ers across the na­tion, in­clud­ing in WA.

“With hay cut­ting and bal­ing in full swing in many ar­eas of WA, and har­vest just around the cor­ner, the tim­ing of these new pod­casts is ideal,” she said.

“Grow­ers and ma­chin­ery op­er­a­tors can get de­tailed and rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion on in­ter­est­ing top­ics as they are go­ing about their daily busi­ness.”

Ms Wheeler said WA top­ics soon to be re­leased in­cluded frost, the WA GRDC Re­gional Crop­ping So­lu­tions Net­work ini­tia­tive, di­a­mond­back moth and cab­bage aphids, the new Rank­ing Op­tions for Soil Ame­lio­ra­tion tool; net blotch dis­eases in bar­ley; ne­ma­todes, lo­cal legume op­tions, and snail man­age­ment.

GRDC launched the con­ver­sa­tional-style pod­casts last month, with the hope of shar­ing top­ics in­clud­ing the sea­sonal is­sues, re­search and trial re­sults.

The series will be up­dated with weekly episodes col­lected from across Aus­tralia’s grain re­gions and is firmly fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing in­for­ma­tion to grow­ers and ad­vis­ers to im­prove prof­itabil­ity.

For farm­ers with poor in­ter­net, the pod­casts can be down­loaded when con­nected and played later.

GRDC grower busi­ness group gen­eral man­ager Lucy Broad, of Can­berra, said the pod­cast series had been de­vel­oped in re­sponse to au­di­ence re­quests for qual­ity in­for­ma­tion, on-de­mand.

“We know grow­ers and ad­vis­ers are keen to hear the lat­est re­search and de­vel­op­ment in­for­ma­tion,” she said. “This is a way of de­liv­er­ing it to them in an ac­ces­si­ble for­mat that lets them de­cide what, when and where they lis­ten.”

Pod­cast top­ics re­leased so far in­clude man­ag­ing frost risk, fea­tur­ing South Aus­tralian Re­search and De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute prin­ci­pal re­search sci­en­tist in cli­mate ap­pli­ca­tions Peter Hay­man.

Other episodes in­clude “what is re­ally hap­pen­ing un­der­ground and how does it im­pact your crop”,

fea­tur­ing Pro­fes­sor Mike Bell, of the Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land.

Ms Broad said the series was de­signed to de­liver a mix of top­ics, from a broad range of re­gions.

“The other big ad­van­tage of pod­casts is we can turn around con­tent re­ally quickly, re­spond to sea­sonal is­sues and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion in a re­ally use­ful, timely and easy to lis­ten way,” she said.

“These episodes have been de­vel­oped in an easy-to-un­der­stand, con­ver­sa­tional style.”

To ac­cess the new GRDC pod­cast series, go to­dia/au­dio and sub­scribe to iTunes, or lis­ten from your desk­top.

Pic­ture: Sharon Smith

Jo Wheeler of Grains Re­search De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion with the new app.

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