The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) has developed a mobile phone app for the management of chemical application.
The ATGA MRLs mobile application (App) provides withholding period (WHP) recommendations for the fungicides and insecticides registered for use in table grape production. The WHP recommendations are determined by the export market maximum residue limit (MRL) and are based on the residue results of trials conducted in Australia and overseas. As these results may not reflect the residue levels in all growing conditions and grape varieties, it is advised that grape growers test their produce for agrochemical residues to confirm that export market MRLs are being met.
The ATGA MRLs Search app provides real-time information on maximum residue limits (MRLs) and withholding periods (WHPs) for both domestic and export markets. With an easy-to-use interface, growers can use the app anywhere and anytime due to its offline capability.
“Breaches of MRLs or WHPs not only threaten to destroy the reputation of an individual grower, but also Australia’s reputation as a clean, food safe supplier of fresh product,” Jeff Scott, chief executive of ATGA, told appadvice.com that ATGA MRLs Search is now available to download for free on Apple, Google and Android devices.