Spotlight on technology

Callen Thompson, Senior Extension Agronomist, Katherine.

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Continuing with the theme of improving spray application (see article in this issue), the focus on this ‘Spotlight on Technology’ is an app that gives spray applicators the ability to assess the coverage they are achieving with their spraying. Applicators can place water sensitive paper (available from rural retailers) on their target, be it the crop, a weed or a mango leaf. They then spray the target and come back to collect the water sensitive paper. The applicator can then use the app to assess the percentage of coverage.

The user can compare different spraying settings to assess what is giving the best results for their current environmental conditions.

The app was developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, and the University of WA’s (UWA) applied entomology program. This was supported by funding from the Council of Grain Grower Organisations and the GRDC.

For more information go to the Grains, Research and Development Corporation website.

DPIR has a great YouTube video demonstrating how to use water sensitive paper.

For information on using chemicals responsibly visit the Northern Territory Government website

Last updated: 19 December 2017

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