Grains Research and Development

Apps

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is interested in ensuring that farming can be made easier through a range of mobile based applications.

Our free mobile apps now allow you to undertake activities in the paddock and interact with your networks on your iPhone, iPad or Android™ device.

The apps are free to download and feature an ability to identify day to day weeds, insects and other useful identification guides (coming soon).

The apps also offer a suite of useful and helpful resources that will assist growers to access the latest Research, Development and Extension information.

Click on a link below to visit the relevant online app stores to download your free copy of the apps:

GRDC Applications

Winter Cereal Nutrition: The Ute Guide

Winter Cereal Nutrition: The Ute Guide app store art

Winter Cereal Nutrition: The Ute Guide is designed to assist growers to easily identify cereal nutritional disorders. It covers both nutrient deficiencies and toxicities and environmental, chemical and physiological disorders which can give similar symptoms to nutrient disorders.

The app contains prominent images, thorough descriptions of the issue and its contributing factors.

Application features:

  • Predictive search topics for disorders
  • Compare photos of nutritional disorders side by side with pictures in the app
  • Investigate other disorders with similar symptoms instantly
  • View other symptoms that a disorder may cause
  • Opt to download content updates containing the latest research on nutritional disorders for winter cereals
  • Receive notifications of winter cereal news from GRDC

Android app on Google Play Download on the App Store

Available as an Android™ app on Google play and for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store

Field Peas: The Ute Guide

Field Peas: The Ute Guide store icon

Field peas: The Ute Guide app will assist in recognising disease, insect attack and poor nutrition symptoms in field pea crops. Also contains best practice in growing and marketing the crop.

Application features:

  • Predictive search for topics
  • Progressive Symptom Sorter to identify disease or physical, nutritional or chemical disorders and their management
  • Compare photos of field pea disorders or pests side by side with pictures in the app
  • Opt to download content updates in-app to ensure you’re aware of the latest research on field peas
  • Receive notifications of field pea news from GRDC

Android app on Google Play Download on the App Store

Available as an Android™ app on Google play and for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store

Insect ID: The Ute Guide

Insect ID: The Ute Guide app store art

Insect ID: The Ute Guide is a comprehensive reference guide for insect pests commonly affecting broadacre crops and growers across Australia, and includes the beneficial insects that may help to control them. Photos have been provided for multiple life-cycle stages, and each insect is described in detail, with information on the crops they attack, how they can be monitored and other pests that they may be confused with. Use of this app should result in better management of pests, increased farm profitability and improved chemical usage.

As not all insects found in field crops are in this app, further advice may be required before making control or management decisions. Talk to your agronomist or the Department of Agriculture/Primary Industries for more complete information on identification, management and thresholds.

Application Features:

  • Region selection
  • Predictive search by common and scientific names
  • Compare photos of insects side by side with insects in the app
  • Identify beneficial predators and parasites of insect pests
  • Opt to download content updates in-app to ensure you’re aware of the latest pests affecting crops for each region
  • Ensure awareness of international bio-security pests

Android app on Google Play Download on the App Store

Available as an Android™ app on Google play and for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store

Weed ID: The Ute Guide

GRDC Weed App Icon

Weed ID: The Ute Guide application is designed to assist growers in the identification of the most common weeds found in paddocks throughout Australia. Where possible, photos have been provided for each stage of the weed’s lifecycle, from seed and seedling through to mature and flowering plants.

These are categorised by plant type, and results for each can be refined by state and lifecycle, and whether they are native, currently flowering or have a distinctive smell.  

The application allows users to search, identify, compare photos of their own paddock weeds to those in the app.

What’s new in the latest version:

  • Northern Australian weeds
  • Filter weeds by region
  • Predictive search weeds by common and scientific names
  • Compare photos of weeds side by side with weed photos in the app
  • Refine weed results by lifecycle, whether they are native, currently flowering or have a distinctive smell
  • Opt to download content updates in-app to ensure you’re aware of new weeds affecting each region

Android app on Google Play Download on the App Store

Available as an Android™ app on Google play and for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store

Coming Soon

Canola: The Ute Guide

Lentils: The Ute Guide

Other Ute Guide formats

To order a hardcopy of the ute guides, please follow the instructions from the GRDC Bookshop.

Connecting to a wireless network (Wi-Fi)

Depending on your 3G service provider and the application size, you may need to connect to a wireless network (Wi-Fi) to download the application.

Visit the following links for instructions on:

When using public wireless networks, please ensure that the network you connect to is secure and that you have permission to connect to the network.

If you are attending a GRDC-sponsored event, there may be free Wi-Fi access available. If you are having trouble connecting to the free Wi-Fi at the event, please ask a GRDC representative or event staff member for assistance.

GRDC Investment Partner Applications

Australian CliMate is a free app that can help farmers with better decisions about their farming operations based on recent weather and likely climate probabilities.

Farmers can quickly interrogate the last 60 years of daily rainfall, temperature and radiation data for their location. Seasonal forecasts are provided based on current ENSO conditions.

The app also calculates heat sums and estimates soil water and soil nitrate accumulation.

SoilMapp for iPad makes soil information accessible from your location. It enables users to:

  • learn about the likely soil types on their property
  • view maps, photographs, satellite images, tables and graphs of data about nearby soils
  • uncover their soil’s physical and chemical characteristics, including acidity (pH), soil carbon, available water storage, salinity and erodibility
  • get soil information to put into the farm computer model APSIM, a model that can help with management decisions on crops and project likely crop yields
  • access the app anywhere there is wireless or internet connection to their iPad.

MyCrop is an interactive tool that brings crop diagnostics to the paddock. It is a one stop shop to help you:

  • estimate whether you are reaching your wheat yield potential as determined by rainfall
  • identify your soil type and provide information about key soil issues
  • diagnose problems in your wheat crop and provide possible remedies         

CropMate VarietyChooser is a decision tool for farmers, to help choose varieties of barley, canola, chickpea, oats, triticale and wheat. Choose your region, desired disease resistance levels, see comparative yield trials to narrow down your choices and see details of each variety.

APVMA puts the database of Australian registered agricultural and veterinary chemical products in your hand with this free resource.

Farmsafe Safety Induction for iOS and Android is a free app which seeks to further improve the safety induction of new workers. This tool provides a general guide to introducing safety for workers on most farms. Workers complete the app in discussion with the farm owner/manager and then a record of the induction and issues it has covered are emailed directly to the worker and the farm owner/manager - helping to simplify the record keeping process.