- Detailed soil pathology testing through independent soil laboratories for soil and water chemistry, pest and disease incidence.
- A secure and convenient database to store, analyse and mobilise soil, water, disease and nematode test results.
- A platform to exchange information with qualified turf agronomists.
- Flexibility to review historic information and calendars for disease pressure in planning and budgeting works.
Turf Pathology System
The online format allows your staff easy access to soil results no matter where they are, 24/7, as well as providing direct access to an agronomist for extra advice on interpreting your results. Membership to My-Results® also brings a 12 month complimentary voucher for one alert across three common turf diseases: pythium, dollar spot and brown patch.
My-Results® is a proactive tool that has been developed to save you time and provide confidence in making decisions for your turf while conveniently storing all testing data in a secure online database. The use of electronic archiving helps to assist in reviewing cultural practices for their impact on soil chemistry and health.
Test With My-Results Today?
- Order a soil or water test through a licensed My-Results® provider
- Have your My-Results® provider sample for plant disease or soil nematodes
- Subscribe to My-Climate® Disease Alert Package
- Soil Testing
Soil structure, root health and vitality are highly reliant on balanced soil chemistry. Testing soil chemistry for nutrient deficiency or excess is an important means of diagnosing and treating growth limiting factors.
Soil testing – takes the guesswork out of fertiliser management
Turf responsiveness to fertiliser can be limited by low or high ph, trace element deficiency, soil compaction, water logging, etc. All of these conditions can be easily detected by a reputable soil test and treated to ensure that nutritional products work like they are supposed to.
Did you know…..
An important soil test measurement is the ratio of 5 soil cations (Ca++, Mg++, Na+, K+, H+), combined with pH. This balance influences a soil’s structure and its susceptibility to compaction. A reputable soil test gives detailed recommendations for corrective amendments – either gypsum (CaSO4), lime (CaCO3), dolomite (CaMgCO3), epsom salts (MgSO4) or sulphur (S). This will restore the balance of a soil chemistry to optimum – 70% Ca++, 20% Mg++, 5% K+, <3% Na+.
When to soil test …
While there is no wrong time to test your soil, most intensive fertilisation takes place in spring and autumn. Therefore soil analysis prior to those seasons is the most logical timing.
- Water Testing
Irrigation water has the single greatest influence on soil structure, root health and vitality. When water is used for irrigation over time, soil will inherit the properties of the water itself.
Water testing is essential for non-potable irrigation source
Irrigation water from underground bores or recycled sources often carry salts that can negatively influence the soil that they treat. Levels of salinity, dissolved solids, bicarbonates and various other elements determine the suitability of irrigation water for turf.
Did you know…..
Bicarbonates are alkaline salts that bond readily to available calcium in soil, forming highly insoluble calcium carbonate. Where irrigation water is high in bicarbonates, soils have a tendency to become anaerobic, prone to black layer and elevated in pH. Soils that are irrigated with high bicarbonate are prone to sodium accumulation because calcium and magnesium availability is limited.
For more information….
To see an example of a My-Results irrigation suitability test, take a guided tour of the members area.
- Disease Analysis
Disease analysis is a useful way to make sure you are correctly matching the product to a problem. Additionally, it is also a learning tool to make sure the next time symptoms arise, you can be more confident in diagnosing the problem and selecting the right treatment
Disease analysis – takes the guesswork out of fungicide selection
It is almost impossible, and very expensive, to guard against every potential plant disease, year round . Sensible planning can develop a notional plant protection product line-up based on historic seasonal incidence of disease. This allows both for a budgetary provision of funds and also facilitates learning toward the end goal of better plant quality, with less chemical inputs.
Did you know…..
Pre-conditioning plants against stress by using regular biostimulant treatments can reduce the incidence of turf disease. While these natural substances are not registered cures for disease, the increased antioxidant production and improved metabolism they provide plants, increases resistance to physical and environmental stress.
Nematodes are very small, worm like creatures, not readily detected by eye. Most turf soils in Australia support a population of nematodes, however not all species pose a threat to turf quality. It therefore follows that presence alone does not necessarily require the immediate implementation of chemical management strategies. The key is accurate identification. Knowledge about type (s) of nematodes present and the population size of each will help the turf manager properly establish the threat posed. Specialist skills in nematode taxonomy and an ability to identify and differentiate concurrent disease issues e.g. fungal pathogens need to be employed to obtain this information. Consideration must be given to population thresholds.
Nematodes can be broadly classified as ectoparasitic or endoparasitic. This describes those that live outside the host or inside the host respectively. The lifecycle of the nematode is divided between the egg, multiple juvenile stages and an adult stage. The time taken for the completion of the lifecycle can differ depending on species and time of year. Reproduction methods also differ between species with eggs either deposited into the soil environment or retained within their own bodies. Survival of cold winter conditions is achieved using eggs protected by dead and decaying plant material or within a deceased female body.
Nematodes are generally root feeders and this is a critical part of their biology to recognise. They differ significantly in their damage causing potential. For example, Sting (Belonolaimus sp), Needle (Paralongidorus sp) and Dagger (Xiphenema sp) nematodes cause damage at low population thresholds whereas Sheath (Hemicycliophora sp), Lance (Hoplolaimus sp) and Stunt (Tylenchorhynchus sp) nematodes rarely produce equal levels of damage even in much higher number. Non-pathogenic species can be present in great number without deleterious effects.
Conditions favouring disease expression
Feeding and activity is roughly aligned with warming soil and air temperatures through spring and into summer. To support their own growth the nematodes extract vital nutrients from plant sap and in doing so damage the systems that distribute food and water within the plant. The damage done during cooler weather can become apparent in a short period of time if a warm spell is encountered. The additional pressure of higher temperature exposes the weakness in root and transport tissues impacting on moisture uptake and food distribution. The end result is a visually weak and hungry turf.
Symptoms can initially be mild and easily overlooked. Changes in the visual health of turf such as slowing growth, thinning of coverage and increased sensitivity to stress, particularly when not corrected by good cultural practice can be the first sign pathogenic nematodes might be active. Such decline can then predispose turf to attack by other pathogens or result in unsightly damage and costly repairs.
If nematodes are suspected, a soil test should be conducted.
Found in all states of Australia.
- BSR vs SLAN
BSR v SLAN
The true value of a soil test lies in the precision of the interpretation. For this reason My-Results is the only Australian analytics service that offers the choice between two recognised interpretation methods;
Base saturation ratio or percentage measures the ratio of nutrient cations on the soil exchange sites and expresses them as a percentage of their total. This model applies the reasearched assumption that an optimum ratio of cations will bring about a pedal soil structure, allowing for optimum aeration and nutrient availability in a turf root zone. This is particularly useful in loam and clay soils where soil structure is a critical factor for healthy plant growth.
Sufficiency level of available nutrients focuses on the ppm (parts per million) of each nutrient and calculates whether this is enough to meet the needs of the turfgrass. This method is particularly useful in low CEC soils (sandy root-zones). The My-Results SLAN model only operates at below CEC 4.5. For soils with CEC above 4.5 the My-Results SLAN interpretation model defers to BSR.
- Licensees & Labs
Information for Licensees & Labs
My-Results Licensee Benefits
- Agronomic training and support direct from My-Results
- Add value for clients to existing analytics services
- Participate in development and delivery of new My-Results services
- Supported by national advertising
- Increase traffic to your own website
- Links to other industry sites My-Results Lab Benefits
- Streamline your report distribution
- Decrease customer wait times
- Save on paper and printing costs
- Participate in service and process development
1. What information is collected and how is it used?
We ask you to supply certain information when you sign up with us as a customer. This information includes your name, the name of your business (if applicable), your postal address, email address, telephone number, mobile number and fax number (if applicable) and how you heard of us. This information will be used in the management of our own database and to eCommBank to enable us to contact you about the service you have requested.
Like most standard websites, we use log files. This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyse trends, administer the site, track user’s movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. However, none of the information stored in our log files, including but not limited to IP addresses, is linked to personally identifiable information.
2. Do we share the information with anyone else?
Turf Forensics will not, without your consent, divulge your personal information to a third party except in the following circumstances:
- 1. if required to do so by law or by any organisation with appropriate authority;
- 2. to any financial institution with whom we hold an account for the purpose of verifying credit status and / or validating financial transactions;
- 3. we may provide aggregate statistics about our sales, customers, traffic patterns and other site information to third parties, but these statistics will not include any information that could personally identify you;
Turf-Forensics is not responsible for the privacy practices of other companies or websites that you may come in contact with through the site.
3. Credit Cards
The use of Credit card payment for our services is processed by our secure payment service provider. We do not record your credit card details on our database and the payment service provider does not record any other information about you.
4. How long will we hold data on you?
Turf-Forensics will not hold data for longer than is reasonably necessary for the purposes of the proper conduct of its business or as required by law.
Turf-Forensics places great importance on the security of all information associated with its customers and has security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of customer data under our control. For example, our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorised personnel have access to user information.
6. Links to Other Sites
7. Your Responsibility
You are responsible for the security of your Customer ID and passwords. Make sure you keep them in a safe place and do not share them with others. Always remember to log out after your session ends to ensure that others cannot access your private personal information. You should take this precaution even if you are not using a public computer, such as at a library or internet café, but even when using your private computer in your home.
8. Governing Law
• For Payment by credit card, simply enter your details in the payment screen, press submit and once the transaction is cleared, you will be sent an email with a tax invoice receipt as well as your account login details for the future.
• Transactions will be denominated in Australian dollars. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Bankcard and American Express. Credit card payments will be processed through National Australia Bank’s secure online processing system. Processing will normally take less than 5 seconds, but may take up to 15 seconds, please do not press the submit button more than once, otherwise your credit card may be charged twice.
• Your credit card will be billed to Green Shed Pty. Ltd.
Conditions for using your credit card online:
• A valid telephone number, either fixed line or mobile, is essential on the order form, as we may telephone if there are any issues with your transaction.
• It is essential to enter your email address on the order form, we may need to contact you from time to time regarding upgrades or changes to your Disease Alert.
• The purchaser’s name must be the same as the cardholder name, except if you are a registered corporate customer.
• We do not appreciate fraudulent credit card transactions and will do all in our power to pursue and prosecute any parties attempting fraudulent use of credit cards. We reserve the right to refuse a transaction, where we suspect that a credit card is being used fraudulently. Our credit card gateway provider applies a number of checking methods to eliminate the potential of fraudulent transactions.
• Your payment for My-Climate is for a calendar year from the date of purchase. In the event that Turf-Forensics introduces new features, you will be given the opportunity upgrade your service for a one time fee when these new features are available for use.
• If you are not happy with your Turf Forensics services, you will be eligible for a full refund, so long as you notify us of your intention to claim a refund within 14 days of the date of approval of purchase. As at the date a refund is paid, you will no longer receive such services.
• If you are unsatisfied with the way samples were obtained for a My-Results soil, water, disease or pest analysis and believe it has negated the validity of your results, you will need to seek a refund from the testing service that conducted the original sampling.
• Turf-Forensics wants to ensure you can use your credit card on our web site with complete confidence. We have taken every possible measure to give you absolute security.
Secure transaction environment:
• Our payment processing uses Transport Layer Security [TSL] technology to ensure your payments are secure at all times. This payment gateway is the industry standard for encryption technology and is compatible with most browsers. You will know transmitted data is safe by the appearance of a secure icon on your browser, which is a lock icon for Microsoft Internet Explorer. Secure web pages can also be identified by their URL: they begin with ‘https://’.
Your credit card details
• When you complete an online payment, your credit card details are sent to our credit card payment gateway provider, we do not store them in our database. We receive a truncated version of your card details back from CommBank with the transaction record. This removes one of the biggest security risks of online transactions. In the event of unauthorised use of your credit card, you must notify your credit card provider in accordance with its reporting rules and procedures.