The CropMonitor™ information Service, first launched by Fera in 2003, has been extended and updated through investment from Innovate UK to form the core platform for a new national capability in decision support (CropMonitor Pro) which is a part of the Crop Health and Protection Centre (CHAP). The new SMART Decision Support service will deliver local growth stage, pest & disease risk and spray window forecasts using a bespoke weather monitoring network, national pest and disease surveillance data and advanced risk models. Services will incorporate novel weather data feeds delivered through collaboration with UKMO and will use the latest diagnostic technologies to assist in delivery of robust guidance to support decisions for sustainable pest and disease management.
Users can register free to access regional risk forecasts for all pests and diseases currently available via the platform. Users will also be able to access a single demonstration location to view the breadth of local forecast information which is available via the new CropMonitor Pro platform.
Risk forecasting and decision support at the local (field) scale from CropMonitor Pro will be available as a subscription service to be launched in September 2019. This will include forecasts for all pests and diseases which are important in terms of spray decisions from crop emergence onwards in wheat and oilseed rape. Further crop modules and services are in development and will be launched in due course.
If you would like to register to receive email or SMS alerts, please complete and submit the form below:
This new service will be available alongside the Fight Against Blight project (FAB, funded by AHDB Potatoes and managed by Fera). The additional activity is necessary because FAB does not currently collect negative findings, information which is critical to the validation of the SMART blight forecasting service, . The CHAP network will complement and extend the FAB network during 2018 with potential for a closer integration of the two initiatives in future years. CropMonitor will initially provide a forecast based on an existing blight risk model but the forecasting capability will be refined using the improved weather feed and disease modelling capability of the SMART platform.
CropMonitorTM has recently been expanded to deliver enhanced pest and disease information and services to growers. You can choose from a tiered subscription service according to the breadth of forecasts you require.
The enhanced capabilities include:
Extended network of 30 sites to monitor untreated varieties of wheat, oilseed rape and barley.
Sampling of 300 commercially managed wheat and 100 oilseed rape crops to monitor fungicide and insecticide resistance.
A met station plus insect and spore traps at each site to gather data for new risk-forecasting models.
Monitoring of pests and diseases in potato crops.
Automated spore traps for pathogen detection.
Weather data and forecasting provided by the Met Office.
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