Yarra Valley wineries turn to smartphone technology

The Yarra Valley wine industry has announced it is turning to smartphone technology in an endeavour to track insects and protect commercial vineyards from devastating damage.

As simple to use as its name suggests, free Australian app Snap Send Solve is the tool of choice for winegrowers and property managers to monitor commercial vineyards and report suspect infestations of phylloxera – an insect that feeds primarily on the roots and sometimes the leaves of grapevines – to Agriculture Victoria for testing and on-farm management.

The move follows the successful implementation of Snap Send Solve in the Mornington Peninsula, where it is being used as a tool for community members to report Amenity grapevines (vines used for decorative purposes) to ensure they are part of the “Phylloxera Stop the Spread!” testing program.

“Growers can use the Snap Send Solve application to self-report suspect vines. Agriculture Victoria will then undertake an inspection of the vine to confirm whether it is affected by phylloxera,”  said Victoria’s chief plant health officer Dr Rosa Crnoy.

Agriculture Victoria will use the information gained from the Snap Send Solve reports to help them better manage phylloxera infestations on-farm.”
 
“We are very proud to expand our role in the monitoring and management of phylloxera alongside Agriculture Victoria and the growers.” said Danny Gorog, CEO and found of Snap Send Solve.
Today, over half a million people in Australia use the Snap Send Solve app to make almost 30,000 reports a month through the platform about public infrastructure issues to the right authorities for resolution.

The app uses GPS to discover the precise location of a reported vine, and is geo-fenced, so that users can only report grapevines in the area Agriculture Victoria is surveying.

Free to download from the the App Store or Google Play, Snap Send Solve enables users to capture potentially affected vines in their location in under 30-seconds.

The steps are:
1. Open the app
2. Snap a photo
3. Confirm the location (the app will automatically locate the spot using GPS)
4. Confirm the incident type – “Suspected Phylloxera vine” (the Yarra Valley has been geo-fenced within the app, so this option only appears in the relevant location)