Accurate forecasting service

Article taken from The Vegetable Farmer

Agrovista will be exhibiting the new Plantsystems weather forecast on Stand 427, which aims to offer the most accurate weather predictions available to help with daily decision making.

“This is essential information for any agribusiness,” says Plantsystems’ James Martin.  “As well as input costs and ultimately profits being at stake if the weather turns, businesses must be able to justify inputs and operate with more efficiency.”

The forecast is updated automatically, and shows three days with three-hour windows at the finest level of detail.  A two-week overview is also included.  Spray opportunity windows are shown as well as other useful weather conditions such as soil temperature (useful for drilling/planting), evaporation rates (to indicate irrigation requirement) and hours of sunlight as a guide for crop growth.

The forecast also calculates the effectiveness of an application of herbicides, fungicides or insecticides depending on the weather conditions.  In addition, the forecast includes a range of crop disease modules, and subscription gives the user access to a five-day forecast for the main diseases that may affect the crop.

“The forecast is based on a 15-mile grid covering the whole of the UK meaning we should have an accurate forecast for pretty much anywhere,” says Mr Martin.

 

04 June 2015

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