Greencast Turf App from Syngenta aims to aid spray record maintenance

Syngenta says its new mobile phone app is a simple, effective way for greenkeepers and turf managers to maintain spray records and make spraying programmes more efficient.

Greencast Turf App. Image: Syngenta
Greencast Turf App. Image: Syngenta

Launched at BTME 2016, the GreenCast Turf App claims to simplify spray recommendation information and eliminate the need for manual record keeping.

Course managers or agronomists can quickly create any required recommendations, which can be sent direct to the sprayer operator, cutting out the risk of errors or misinterpretation of verbal or written instructions.

Information can be sent back to the office to compile a comprehensive and accurate report of precisely what has been applied, where and when.

Syngenta business manager Daniel Lightfoot said a survey of BIGGA greenkeepers and course managers had clearly identified the need for the new technology.

Of more than 150 survey respondents, over 85 per cent declared that they would use a free app to compile their spray records, with 35 per cent wanting to adopt it straight away and half looking to evaluate and integrate the information.

The survey identified that the majority of courses use a combination of record systems, with duplication of manual sheets, spray books and databases. "Being able to consolidate records into one place will simplify the process and make the information more accessible.

"Good record keeping can be invaluable in evaluating what worked most effectively under specific conditions for an individual course or facility – and enable better decision making in the future," he advised.

It was also found that nearly 90% of survey respondents had access to a smart phone or tablet on the course, making the technology more accessible and easy to use than ever.

Daniel added the survey had revealed over 80% of operators are making up tank-mixes for application, with half of them doing so frequently or for every application. "With many using more complex tank-mix combinations to save time and money for applications the guidance provided by the Greencast Turf App will prove invaluable."

With the App tank-mixes and recommendations can now be created and saved for later application - optimising use of time and ensuring operators are ready to go when conditions are right. This can also aid store management and help to ensure sufficient products has been ordered and available when required.

The auto-fill product database includes the complete Syngenta product range, along with fertiliser and turf health products from ICL. Any additional products can be added into to a custom database, which will be available for instant reference with subsequent applications.

The Greencast Turf App can be fully customised to an individuals' own golf course or facility, including details such as turf areas, sprayer details and operators, which can be quickly included during the spray recommendation process and for the course records.

It also gives operators a nozzle recommendation to optimise application for any given water volume and spray target, including the ideal Syngenta XC Nozzle to deliver the best result.

Integrated with the GreenCast website, it provides instant on-line application tools and calculators to enable quick and accurate sprayer set-up and calibration to get the best possible results from every application.

The Greencast Turf App is available for free download from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

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