Cropping

Knowledge hub

By Country News

An innovative new online community website which gives grains industry experts, advisers and growers across Australia a central hub to share information, access knowledge and get technical advice on seasonal issues to improve on-farm profitability, is now available.

The national online platform is hosted by the Grains Research and Development Corporation and brings a range of online expert grains communities together.

GRDC northern grower relations manager Richard Holzknecht, who has overseen the transition to the new platform, said the GRDC communities website would initially bring together to two highly regarded information sites: AusCropNutrition and AusFieldCropDiseases.

‘‘The GRDC communities will provide a central environment where experts, agronomists and researchers can collaborate across organisations, state borders and areas of expertise to discuss, develop, publish and share information that is important to the grains industry,’’ Mr Holzknecht said.

‘‘These communities provide an independent voice to growers and advisers.

‘‘Growers and advisers are particularly encouraged to take advantage of the Ask an Expert which gives rapid access to technical experts.’’

Mr Holzknecht said the GRDC communities platform was designed to promote information extension and knowledge sharing through a diverse range of digital media channels and would also ensure growers and agronomists had access to:

■Technical expertise in response to emerging issues;

■Information and warnings on potential production threats; and

■Interactive online learning and research-based knowledge 24/7.

■To find out more about crop nutrition or to ask an expert for advice on issues impacting your farm this season, go to: www.communities.grdc.com.au/Crop-nutrition/