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.
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.
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.
New services due in June 2018
- predictions of risk of spore release
- prediction and/or detection of latent infection in crops
- prediction of infection risk and identification of spray windows.
All services will be delivered in a time-frame to support growers and farmers on whether to spray, optimal spray timing, product choice and dose (dependent on level of risk and variety). All these will help deliver support to maintain and increase yields whilst minimising costs of pesticide use.
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.
To find out more about our service development or discuss a potential collaboration please contact:
Dr Judith Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org); +44 (0)1904 462200