The first phase of the new CropMonitor SMART Decision Support Service, part of the Crop Health and Protection Centre (CHAP) has gone live, providing access to live weather data for more than 100 locations across England and weekly updates on pest and disease levels in untreated varieties of oilseed rape.
Monitoring data for wheat, potatoes and barley will be available shortly.
Dr Judith Turner, senior plant pathologist at CHAP, says: “It is a small step forward in advance of what we will be releasing at the end of March. We thought the oilseed rape monitoring data would be useful to people at the moment.”
To see the data growers can click on a map at www.cropmonitor.co.uk, select the pest/disease they are interested in and then pick the weather station nearest to their location.
Further releases of the free service will include modules delivering live regional risk forecasting for pests and diseases of wheat (March 2018), potatoes (May 2018), oilseed rape (July 2018) and barley (March 2019).
Further enhancements and decision tools will be introduced from June 2018 onwards and the full subscription services delivering local risk forecasts to assist field-level spray decisions will be launched in September 2019. All current subscribers will start to receive email alerts from March onwards, according to CHAP.
Growers wishing to subscribe for the free service can do so by visiting www.cropmonitor.co.uk