The Crop Disease Au app helps farmers quickly and easily identify crop diseases, providing detailed imagery and information for the management of such issues. Outware Mobile first developed the iOS and Android app in 2012 for the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).
The first version of the app allowed Victorian farmers to browse an extensive database of crop diseases offline and out in the field, where internet access is limited. The app was incredibly well received, with many users providing great feedback about other features that would be useful. Using this feedback, updates were made in 2013 to support updated operating systems (iOS 6 & 7) and provide users with more imagery at higher resolutions to help them better identify diseases. Again, this was incredibly well received.
Due to the popularity of the app, it was then developed further in 2014 into a product for farmers all around Australia, being supported by the Australian National Variety Trials (NVT) program and funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). Users are now able to choose their state, and the appropriate information for their given location is displayed.
Key to the success of this project was the open communication channels between the project teams. Outware Mobile’s project management philosophy is to ensure transparent reporting on project scope, timeline and budget. Regular testing identified bugs, risks and issues, and mitigation plans were put in place to ensure the project’s successful delivery.
The Crop Disease Au app is a great example of an innovative and successful mobile product developed and maintained by government. This product is engaging and empowering for the farming community, because it improves the delivery of information and services by government.
The app features:
- Comparison of resistance ratings of a number of crop varieties for different crop diseases
- Comparison of disease symptoms with photographs
- Detailed management information on a particular crop variety
The Crop Disease Au app is free, and available now from the App Store and Google Play.