New Grain app

Central and North Rural Weekly - - INSIDE -

FOR THE first time, Aus­tralian farm­ers can fore­cast grain yield at the touch of a but­ton, thanks to a new smart phone app de­vel­oped by CSIRO.

The in­no­va­tion, known as Grain­cast, al­lows grow­ers to es­ti­mate yields rang­ing from a sin­gle pad­dock, right up to their en­tire farm.

“Hav­ing a yield fore­cast can help farm­ers with crop in­put man­age­ment, set­ting yield tar­gets, di­ag­nos­ing yield con­straints, risk man­age­ment, mar­ket­ing de­ci­sions, for­ward sell­ing and more,” CSIRO sci­en­tist Dr Roger Lawes said.

“The app is easy to use, and grow­ers need to in­put just three pieces of in­for­ma­tion: the pad­dock they want an­a­lysed, the crop grown last sea­son and the crop they plan to grow or are grow­ing in the cur­rent sea­son. That’s it.”

The app gives in­stant soil, wa­ter and yield in­for­ma­tion at any time with­out the need for sub­stan­tial user in­put, al­low­ing grow­ers to make bet­ter in­formed crop and pad­dock man­age­ment de­ci­sions in near real-time.

Crop mod­els are com­bined with soil maps to cre­ate yield fore­casts for the Aus­tralian con­ti­nent.

The free app is avail­able by email­ing grain­cast@csiro.au. For more, visit Grain­cast.

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