The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has created an app that allows graziers to record pasture dieback from the paddock.
Landholders are encouraged to keep an eye out for pasture dieback, which has been reported in parts of southern, central and northern Queensland in recent months.
By taking a few minutes to upload information and photos to the Pasture Dieback Survey app, landholders can help researchers learn more about the spread of pasture dieback.
In areas with poor reception, data can be saved and uploaded later.
Pasture dieback is a condition that stunts growth and kills productive pastures. Once affected, pastures can die within one season.
Research indicates the pasture mealy bug is a primary factor in pasture dieback, but a range of pathogenic organisms and environmental factors are likely to be involved.
Diagnosis of pasture dieback is complicated due to similarities with other conditions.
If you suspect you have pasture dieback, please report it by using the app or calling DAF on 13 25 23.
Meat & Livestock Australia contracted DAF to create the app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
This article was produced by FutureBeef-a collaboration between Meat & Livestock Australia and the Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australian agriculture departments.
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