Blueberry production with METOS® decision support systems

How to make a step forward in blueberry production?

Blueberries have become a major crop worldwide. Because it has expanded so rapidly, production problems have been encountered, for example, small fruit size, damages referring to soil and climatic conditions (like freezing, chilling), poor pollination, variable yields, etc. The need for higher productivity and sustainable production practices is therefore understandable and very necessary.

Globalization of the blueberry industry has also resulted in new pest-crop associations and the introduction of invasive pests into existing and new blueberry-growing areas. METOS® decision support system allows us to monitor all relevant climatic conditions и soil parameters, and therefore increasing agricultural work management in blueberry field production.

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Decision support systems in blueberry production

Combine monitored and forecasted data to get a powerful tool, which will help you optimize your production and produce more blueberries with less.

  • МОНИТОРИНГ ПОГОДЫ: Будьте готовы к защите от заморозков. Установите SMS-сигнал, который будет оповещать вас о приближении заморозков. Temperatures below – 0,6 °C can be lethal for your blueberry field.
  • УПРАВЛЕНИЕ УДОБРЕНИЯМИ: Оптимизируйте время внесения удобрений. Лучше всего, если за внесением удобрений последуют дожди.
  • УПРАВЛЕНИЕ ЗАЩИТОЙ РАСТЕНИЙ: With the help of disease models for blueberries (for Anthracnose) and spraying window forecast, you can optimize your plant protection activities and reduce disease pressure in your blueberry field. For example: If spraying is followed by heavy rainfalls, there is a good chance that it will wash off the treatment and you will have to repeat the spraying to keep your crop protected.
  • УПРАВЛЕНИЕ ИРРИГАЦИЕЙ: Optimize irrigation water use by monitoring soil moisture and with the use of our water balance model.
  • HARVEST MANAGEMENT: Monitor your soil moisture to know when your crop is suffering water stress and start your irrigation system on time. Also monitor your irrigation water pH to prevent nutrient imbalances.


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Диаграмма решений METOS

Basis sensor set, needed for pest and disease monitoring of blueberry fields includes a осадкомер и датчики для температура воздуха, относительная влажность и влажность листьев. These sensors are available with iMETOS IMT280 и µMETOS NBIoT Disease.

Оказывать полную поддержку в управлении защитой растений Pessl Instruments модели заболеваний были разработаны для предоставления наилучшей информации, позволяющей осознанно принимать решения и использовать лучшие инструменты для получения большего урожая, как в количественном, так и в качественном отношении. Таким образом, модели болезней растений основаны на высокоточных прогнозах погоды, которые локализуются и калибруются на месте мониторинга.

Through API, the data from METOS® stations can then be used on web platforms like FieldClimate to provide plant disease models and DSS for plant protection.


Blueberry disease models

Грибковый патоген Colletotrichum acutatum causes Blueberry Ripe Rot on pre and post-harvest fruit of highbush blueberry. The disease occurs in all blueberry production areas and has a great impact of reducing the shelf life of fruits and having a poor quality of fresh fruits on the market.

In FieldClimate weak, moderate and severe infections are calculated for blueberry anthracnose in dependence on environmental parameters: temperature, leaf wetness and precipitation.

You can see on the graph that the conditions for infection were fulfilled; there were optimal conditions for Colletotrichum with precipitation, high relative humidity and leaf wetness to infest fruits and plant material.

Read more about blueberry disease models здесь.


Watch your blueberries grow

С нашим CropVIEW® camera device, you can have a remote view of your blueberry field, directly from your computer or phone, and see at any time how your blueberries are growing and developing.