CANOLA PRODUCTION WITH iMETOS DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM
With the use of iMETOS DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM you can monitor all relevant weather conditions, and soil parameters, and improve your agricultural work efficiency to a higher level. Combine monitored and forecasted information to create powerful actionable tools, which help you optimize your production and produce more with less.
With the help of climatic and soil monitoring and forecasting you can:
- SEEDING MANAGEMENT: Monitor soil temperature to sow your crop at the optimum time. Canola can germinate at temperatures as low as 2-3°C, but at 6°C close to 100% germination can occur in a week.
- WEATHER MONITORING: Monitor field specific weather conditions to avoid germination problems when you are seeding your canola. Set an SMS alarm to notify you when temperatures are reaching frost conditions. Temperatures below – 2,0 °C can be harmful for your canola field. The amount of damage depends on the low temperature achieved, how long the frost conditions lasted, and the stage of development.
- FERTILITY MANAGEMENT: Optimize fertilization time and amounts. Knowing the amount soil moisture and precipitation can help fine tune the management plan – don’t under or over fertilize, based on the actual and forecasted amounts of moisture.
- PLANT PROTECTION MANAGEMENT: With the use of decision support models for disease management in canola and a spray forecast window you can optimize the timing of your plant protection activities. This will reduce yield losses by timing the spray based on disease pressure and to the synchrony of the growth stage.
Also, if spraying is followed immediately by a rainfall of 20-30 mm, there is a good chance that the treatment will be wash off, and a potential reapplication is required. This is why the spray forecast decision support window is a valuable tool for efficient management.
- IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT: If irrigation is part of your farm, monitor your site-specific soil moisture levels, in real-time, to know when your crop is suffering water stress in the root zone and apply the right amount of water to avoid reduced yields and quality losses.
- WORK MANAGEMENT:Monitor weather conditions on your fields and use the hyper localized weather forecast to know where you can send your field management staff.
For example: When you want to send a sprayer to a distant field, check on FieldClimate.com or on the mobile app, if the wind speed and direction is appropriate for spraying.
One of the most important oil seed crop of the cool climate regions is affected by two very destructive diseases and three economic important pest insects. To keep yields economically worthwhile, plant protection strategies will continue to gain more significance. FieldClimate.Com is supporting these strategies with disease and pest models for Sclerotina sclerotina, Phoma lingam and Pollen Beetle (Meligethes aeneus)
FieldClimate.com shows the severity for infections with Sclerotinia disease under favorable conditions and is dependent on soil temperature, leaf wetness, air temperature and relative humidity. If modelled severity or pressure is high, a fungicide spray application may be warranted. But keep in mind that core management for Sclerotinia stem rot begins with maintaining good field records of disease over time, weather monitoring, variety type, crop density and crop rotation.
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With our new CropVIEW camera device you have a remote view of your field, directly from your computer or smart phone, and view at any time how your canola is growing and developing.
This is just a quick look at some of the field specific solutions offered through the iMETOS DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM for canola.