Integrated Grower Weather Data By Mobile

Article taken from the ATN - 20/09/2013

National agronomy service provider Agrovista has introduced a new high technology weather information system for its growers, delivered through mobile devices.

The Daily Weather Forecast service and its disease forecasting extension, Daily Forecast Xtra, have been developed by Agrovista’s Plantsystems team, the Wisbech-based weather and agronomy consultancy acquired last year. Integration of local weather and soil moisture data can be used to manage field and growing tunnel irrigation.

"The Daily Weather Forecast service gives a 10-day weather overview with a very detailed two-day forecast. In addition there is a six-day spraying conditions predictor which our agronomists and clients have found to be incredibly accurate,” says Agrovista head of marketing Nick Rainsley.

"The forecasts are emailed to subscribers daily, very early in the morning, and their account is also available online, accessible via smartphones. The spraying predictor forecasts – down to hourly blocks – weather conditions will be very good, good, moderate, bad or very bad; it will also show hourly frost predictions – very useful for vegetable and fruit growers.”

"The service covers 44 disease and five pests on 21 crop species, including early and late potato blight, Botrytis and mildew species in grapes, flowers and field crops, as well as pests lie codling moth, peach potato aphid and carrot fly,” adds Mr Rainsley.

Agrovista anticipates that these systems will be popular with both farmers and agronomists because the system provides real-time data, which can be synchronised with other data and software used on the farm.

"Environmental and end-market pressure on growers means they have to be able to justify inputs at all levels. Not only does this system provide justification, but it also considerably reduces costs and wastage,” concludes Mr Rainsley.More information via


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