Crop Disease Alert is an application created by Waterwatch Solutions and its partners in order to prevent possible crop diseases and sustainable increase of food security.
Crop diseases cause major yield and economic losses worldwide. Global yield losses sourced from pathogens (infectious organisms) and weeds are responsible for 30% of global agricultural production, which represents a loss of 900 billion USD per annum.
Crop Disease Alert aims to overcome this issue by monitoring a crop’s growing conditions and through the early detection of any change in its environment, which might cause a specific disease to occur. Depending on the factors of the crop’s environmental conditions such as rain, temperature, humidity, etc., Crop Disease Alert conducts a risk analysis for disease occurrence identifying the risk level ranging from green (no risk) to red (high risk) for each possible infection. It then alerts the farmers, the users of the application, and informs them regarding the condition of their crops so that they can apply an appropriate treatment in time. There are different versions of Crop Disease Alert for different crops such as potatoes, onions, wheat, etc. as the method to calculate the potential risks varies for each crop.
The information in the Crop Disease Alert application is based on weather and agronomical data. Together with its partners SAP, NextView, Infoplaza, Waterwatch Solutions are currently working on a pilot version. Crop Disease Alert 2.0 will be ready after the “Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture” on May 9-10th 2017, with an expected launch date a few months later in September. Waterwatch Solutions is also working with a coffee expert from Brazil in order to make the Crop Disease Alert ready to be used for the prevention of the coffee rust disease.
Crop Disease Alert is a smartphone-based application. However, the information is also available through the following channels:
– Online Website
– Apps (smartphone)
– Voice Response
– Directly from Resources Management Systems
Crop Disease Alert is also a user-friendly app for farmers that has the following functions:
- Crop disease risk indicator (Green, Orange, Red) according to location (GPS) and crop combination.
- Disease Alert (Push message) when disease risk of a crop field combination is red in next days to come.
- Customizable ranges of fields and crop combinations for monitoring.
- Insight in time window when you can treat your crops, in relation to weather during next 7 days.
- Weather forecast in hourly intervals. ( up to 14 days ahead ).
- User registration
Overall, Waterwatch Solutions’ Crop Disease Alert Service provides farmers with actual reliable local information and decision support so that they can:
- Protect their crops against diseases
- Make well-informed decisions on growing their crops in time and
- Increase efficiency through better planning
In this way, Waterwatch Solutions offers a protection to farmers and can reduce a substantial part of crop diseases and increase their yields and incomes. As farmers will apply treatment only to necessary locations, they will also reduce the amount of costly pesticides. This will also decrease the negative impacts of farming on the environment and human beings.