New Grain app
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more, visit Graincast.