Meteobot models provide real-time disease risk forecasts


Meteobot is an automatic weather station that gives real-time information about weather and soil conditions in fields that, in turn, can be automatically transmitted to disease models that can generate forecasts for plant disease risks.

The models take into account current climatic conditions as well as the available pathogens accumulated as a result of previous infection events. Under the same climatic conditions, but with a different amount of potential infection, the forecasted disease risk is different. Precise models show you that rain events do not always cause infections, or that a lot of rain does not lead to severe infections.

The models provide forecasts for diseases and pests by assessing the conditions which favour their occurrence and development. The models contain rules and algorithms, obtained from scientific research and many field trials. These rules and algorithms take into account rain, temperature, air humidity, leaf wetness, solar radiation, etc. The data comes directly from the weather stations and it is used to automatically calculate a forecast for the expected moment and intensity of the next infection.

The purpose of Meteobot’s disease models is to spray only when necessary and with the most adequate product. For instance, the models take into account individual situations and give a forecast about the specific disease risk for crops. This way, a grower can reduce or diversify the use of broad-spectrum plant protection products. In addition, the model’s disease risk forecast gives producers additional peace of mind, especially in spring.

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