Growers still rely on time-consuming scouting while searching for plant disease symptoms. However subjective decisions can lead to early or even unnecessary pesticide applications. Furthermore, controlling diseases in orchards or vineyards means more than simply spraying early.
It also involves rotating fungicide applications to manage resistance. The use of disease prediction tools can help growers to determine whether a disease outbreak is likely to occur, thus helps them to avoid making unnecessary applications while allowing reducing costs and keeping tabs on disease pressure.
Growers, researchers and consultants can make effective and profitable crop and pest management with the new WatchDog weather stations manufactured by Spectrum Technologies.
Growers can monitor, record and analyse over a dozen important growing conditions. The user can download the data collected by the WatchDog, and feed it into a SpecWare disease control model.
The range of weather monitoring stations from Spectrum allow for economical wireless communication options with drive-by data downloading up to 1,000 ft away and real-time data monitoring up to 2 miles away. Data is stored in safe non-volatile memory, so that multiple PC users can access the station without impacting a master data collection plan.
An enhanced LCD Display allows viewing of current conditions, as well as degree day values and daily high/low readings for the past 30 days and confirms station and sensors are performing. In addition, programmable alarms check all sensors of the chosen type, and both high and low limits can be set to warn if any sensors goes outside a defined band of normal values.
Spectrum Technologies’ products are now being exclusively distributed by John Morris Scientific within Australia, New Zealand and the Islands of Western Pacific.