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 (GRDC) and brings a range of online expert grains communities together at a central site www.communities.grdc.com.au.
GRDC Grower Relations Manager North 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.
“The communties will offer a range of technical information online that has been peer-reviewed to ensure it is credible, and is relevant and timely.”
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.
Interactive online learning and research-based knowledge 24/7.
“The communities platform offers significant positives for researchers with opportunities for national collaboration, places for regular expertise sharing, and a place for publishing new and proven research data,” Mr Holzknecht said.
“It also means there is consistent and coordinated messaging across the grains sector, organisations and state boundaries.
“For researchers and other experts this platform also offers an opportunity to curate information by season and crop stage. It also encourages research partners to try new approaches and develop skills in using online technologies and utilising social media for extension.”
Within the GRDC Communities website, the Crop Nutrition section will be operated by New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), while Agriculture Victoria will oversee Field Crop Diseases.
- For more information about field crop diseases or to ‘Ask an Expert’ for advice on diseases impacting your crop go to www.communities.grdc.com.au/field-crop-diseases/ or to see what field crop disease issues are trending follow Twitter @AusCropDiseases or Facebook Field Crop Diseases.