GRDC Launches New Website ‘CropMate’ For Timely & Accurate Meteorological, Seasonal & Agronomic Information
Australia (News4us.com) March 18, 2011
Whatever the weather, crop decision-making help is at hand
Grain growers and advisers throughout South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland can now access a new weather and climate information tool to help them make informed crop management decisions.
CropMate is a Grains Research and Development Corporation-funded interactive internet site designed to provide timely and accurate meteorological, seasonal and agronomic information.
Launched at the recent GRDC grains research Update in Adelaide, CropMate has been developed by Industry and Investment New South Wales using data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence (QCCCE).
Graeme McIntosh, from I&I NSW’s Agricultural Research and Advisory Station at Dareton, says CropMate – accessed via http://cropmate.agriculture.nsw.gov.au/ – allows users to integrate local climate information into their management decisions.
“CropMate is an easy-to-use site that collates climate, weather, soil, crop and individual farm data for a particular locality,” Mr McIntosh said during the launch at the GRDC Adelaide Update.
“The site is divided into five sections which follow the crop cycle. Each section uses climate and weather information and seasonal forecasts to help growers and their advisers make decisions.”
GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon said CropMate was a welcome decision-support tool that would assist growers in managing risk.
“In these times of climate uncertainty, any means of reducing the guesswork associated with cropping will be of enormous benefit to grain growers,” Mr Shannon said.
The site enables users to analyse scenarios such as what crops to grow, the frost risk of different varieties and the best time to spray from a weather perspective.
Growers can review historic and predicted climate information that relates to pre-season planning, sowing, spraying and harvesting. They will also be able to track the season.
Further information about CropMate is available from Graeme McIntosh, I&I NSW, phone 0457 708 910, or Jan Edwards, I&I NSW, phone 02 6349 9777 or 0427 401 547.
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