App helps growers weed out pests
GRAPE growers who visit this year’s Perth Royal Show will benefit from an app developed to identify pests and diseases in their grapevines.
The MyPestGuide Grapes App will be on display and available for smart phones and tablets at the Department of Agriculture’s Farmtech pavilion, which will focus on technology and apps that farm businesses and the wider community can use.
The MyPestGuide Reporter app will also be available to report citrus gall wasp, which is a major threat to citrus plants.
Home gardeners should check their citrus trees for unusual lumps and bumps to survey for the wasp, and report them as part of the Biosecurity Blitz.
Department subproject manager Rosalie McCauley said an app centre on the website landing page provided links to all department apps from the one location.
“The app centre provides information on all of the department’s apps, including MyCrop, the MyPestGuide suite, Irrigate WA, Flystrike, Sheep Conditioning Scoring, Snapcard, PestFax and weather,” Dr McCauley said.
“Visitors to the department’s display at the Farmtech Pavilion will be able to hotspot the wi-fi and download any of the apps on the spot.
“Several iPad stations will be provided and staff will be on-hand to demonstrate how to use the MyPestGuide Reporter app to submit reports of pests to the department and take part in the 2016 Biosecurity Blitz to help maintain WA’s international market access.
“The MyPestGuide Reporter app helps community members to participate in pest reporting and understanding that biosecurity is a shared responsibility.”
Access to live weather reports for the showground and from throughout the State will also be available from the Farmtech Pavilion.
Department project manager Tim Maling said the department had 172 weather stations across WA which provided updated information every 10 minutes.
“Weather information will be streamed live in the Farmtech Pavilion, and a mini weather station set up outside the pavilion will provide live weather information from the Showgrounds,” Mr Maling said.
The Department will also have the Farm to Food pavilion, which will showcase a daily 10-minute demonstration by one of the department’s Quarantine WA detector dogs and handler.
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Rosalie McCauley (Department of Agriculture and Food.