App helps grow­ers weed out pests

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

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.

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