CottASSIST: new and easier tools for cotton production
Cotton managers now have free web access to a new generation of computer extension tools called CottASSIST.
9 December 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011
CottASSIST will help to promote and support the adoption of best-practice in cotton crop management and provide users with access to the latest research findings.
It is easier to use and provides improved functionality and security.
CSIRO Plant Industry’s Dr Michael Bange says cotton managers monitoring their crops can use CottASSIST to assess their crop’s progress and to assist with complex decision making so that crops are grown efficiently.
CottASSIST now allows program developers to incorporate features that were not possible to include with the old website, such as sharing information across tools. It will also allow researchers to develop new tools more easily and rapidly in the future. An example of this is the Aphid Yield Loss Estimator’s page [external link] which was included recently on the website.
The CottASSIST website went ‘live’ last month and enhancements to existing tools will be completed in the coming months.
CottASSIST was developed by CSIRO and the Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre (Cotton CRC) in Narrabri. The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) also supported the project.
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