CHAP’s smart farming technologies offer a national surveillance and risk forecasting service to determine risks from crop pathogens and pests across the UK. Real-time data is collected using our latest technology and fed into and reported by CropMonitor.

This information is then available for farmers and growers to enable them to make more effective decisions about the treatments they need to apply to their crops in order to improve the quality and quantity of their yields.

CropMonitor provides information sourced from monitoring sites located across the country and reports up to date measurements of crop pest and disease activity in arable crops throughout England.  Samples, collected from these monitoring sites are also used for analysis and research by other services within CHAP: Reference Collection of Crop Biotic Threats and Pesticide Resistance Diagnostics Laboratory.

1st May 2018

If you are a potato grower – we need your help…

CHAP launches a new pest and disease risk forecasting service for potatoes in May. We are looking for volunteers to be part of a network of surveillance to report appearance of first symptoms in crops. Data will be collected from registered users via a mobile phone during the decision period for potato blight disease management. All data will be plotted in real-time on a map of the UK. Read more.

Our services include:

  • National and regional surveillance information will be available as a free service via CropMonitor.
  • Bespoke local forecasts applicable for supporting instant pest and disease management decisions will be available via a subscription service.

Yellow Water Trap for Monitoring of Aphids

  • Monitoring of pest and disease development in untreated plots of at least four untreated varieties each of wheat, barley and oilseed rape reported weekly from 30 locations across England
  • Incorporation of the National Crop Pest and Disease Surveys funded by Defra
  • Participatory agronomist networks delivering weekly observations from commercially managed crops including potatoes
  • Potential for extension to other crops using same networks.

National Weather Monitoring Network

  • 30 bespoke met stations to collect and report data relevant to understanding and predicting pest and disease risks
  • Collaboration with the UK Met Office to identify an agriculturally-relevant national UKMO monitoring network to support real-time risk forecasting services for agriculture and horticulture
  • Incorporation of forecast weather (up to 14 days ahead)
  • Monitoring of pathogen pressure prior to disease symptom development.

Monitoring of Pathogen Pressure Prior to Disease Symptom Development

  • Co-deployment of Burkard spore traps at each of the monitoring locations to collect spore samples for laboratory analysis of spore release and dispersal in relation to weather factors
  • Validation and introduction of automated spore traps which will trap spores, carry out an automated DNA test to measure spore numbers collected and send the data to the platform for generation of improved risk prediction
  • Introduction of in-field diagnostic services to detect latent infection in crops prior to symptoms appearing
  • Potential for in-field detection of pesticide resistance to be incorporated in the future.

Modelling Platform for Pest and Disease Forecasting

  • Risk models will become available for up to 33 crop/pest/disease combinations of relevance for spray decisions for pest and disease control
  • All models fully validated and level of confidence presented
  • All data flowing into the platform handled via bepoke algorithms to deliver risk forecasts direct to users based on current and forecast weather conditions, crop varietal susceptibility, agronomic factors and inoculum availability
  • Bespoke services will be developed to forecast risk of epidemics of crop pests and diseases at national, regional and local scales.

Contact details

To find out more about our service development or discuss a potential collaboration please contact:

Dr Judith Turner (judith.turner@fera.co.uk); +44 (0)1904 462200