CropMonitor Pro

CropMonitor Pro is a state of the art sophisticated decision support platform which has been developed by Fera with Crop Health and Protection funded by Innovate UK. Services to support decisions at the local (field) scale will be launched for wheat and oilseed rape crops in September 2019.   Landscape scale weather feed from UKMO which is a 2km x 2km gridded weather dataset for current and forecast weather delivers local weather services for each registered field location.

  • Risk prediction platform (generic)

Daily pest risks (current day risk relative to threshold) for individual crops using Crop  Monitor weather services, based on location, agronomic information and pest observations.

  • Weather and environment feed

Current and forecast weather, soil type

  • Crop details and development

Agronomy, growth stage prediction

  • Pest/pathogen prediction

>30 models incorporated

  • Validation platform

Trials networks

Performance of models

  • Decision support module

Spray/not spray, timing, product choice, dose, weather suitability

  • Website and API (September 2019

Free service at regional level

Subscription service to field scale

Integration with farm management systems


Hourly outputs for current day and forecasts in three hourly intervals for the following four days

Current day accumulated risk score for pests and diseases to identify need to spraySupport with decision on whether to spray and which pests/diseases to target.  Current day high, medium or low accumulated risk.

Spray scheduler to understand whether current day is approaching/within appropriate spray timing window.

Assistance on timing sprays for optimal efficacy. Risk-to-crop metric to determine whether current pest/disease risk is significant in terms of crop susceptibility and economic return on spray costs.

List of products grouped as fungicides and insecticides approved for the targets identified as warranting a spray application.

Assistance on product choices.  List of products, ais and mode of action with function to prioritise based on efficacy score, environmental impact indicator or resistance management.

Participatory sharing of pest and disease sightings to improve risk alerts     Submitted via CropMonitor Pro application via desk top, laptop, tablet or phone.

Facilitated access to monitoring services which can inform spray thresholds to further support spray decisions.

Fight against blight, aphid monitoring, virus testing, soil testing etc.

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 the UK. Samples, collected from these monitoring sites are also used for analysis and research by other services within CHAP: The National Reference Collection and Molecular 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.

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 the UK.
  • 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

  • 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 bespoke 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.

For any further information about this capability or to discuss a collaboration and/or grant for a commercially funded project, complete the form below.

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