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Live monitoring

Welcome to CropMonitor

CropMonitor™ is currently being extended and updated to form the core platform for a new national capability in decision support which is a part of the Crop Health and Protection Centre (CHAP). Supported through investment from Innovate UK, the new SMART Decision Support service will deliver risk forecasts for pests and diseases of wheat, barley, oilseed rape and potatoes using a bespoke weather monitoring network, national pest and disease surveillance data and advanced risk models. Services will incorporate novel solutions delivered through collaboration with UKMO and will use the latest diagnostic technologies to assist in delivery of robust guidance to support decisions for sustainable pest and disease management.

The first phase of the new CropMonitor SMART Decision Support Service is now live, delivering access live weather data for over 100 locations across England and weekly updates on pest and disease levels in untreated varieties of oilseed rape. Monitoring data for wheat, potatoes and barley will be available shortly. To see the data just click the map, select the pest/disease you are interested in and then pick the weather station nearest to your location.


CropMonitor - latest news on site locations

01 Nov 2017

We have currently confirmed 33 trials site locations where we will be monitoring up to five untreated varieties of wheat, barley and/or oilseed rape at each location. Each location has been equipped with a met station, spore trap and insect traps to monitor key pests and diseases. This network is being operated as a collaboration between Fera, Frontier, ADAS, AHDB, Agrii, Bayer CropScience, Stockbridge Technology Centre and Newcastle University. The data collected will be used to ensure the outputs from new risk models being developed are reliable and robust.  

Latest results from Defra national wheat survey

01 Nov 2017

Results are now available from the latest survey of diseases of winter wheat carried out in July 2017. Septoria tritici remained the most common foliar disease affecting 81% of crops, the highest incidence since 2014. Levels of brown rust increased compared to previous years whereas yellow rust incidence was equivalent to the long-term average. Brown rust affected 11% of crops, the highest incidence since 2012 whereas disease severity was the highest since 2007. Powdery mildew affected 24% of crops and was the second most common of the main foliar diseases. Mildew levels have declined in recent years but this was the highest incidence since 2011.  

Latest results from Defra national oilseed rape survey

01 Nov 2017

Disease levels in oilseed rape were generally lower than the long-term averages. Light leaf spot incidence was particularly noteworthy as levels were significantly lower than in 2016, when the highest incidence of light leaf spot was recorded since the survey began in 1987.  

What's new

12 March 2018:

Results of national monitoring of diseases in winter oilseed rape in autumn 2017 are now available.

01 February 2018:

Further releases of this free service will include modules delivering live regional risk forecasting for pests and diseases of wheat (April 2018), potatoes (May 2018), oilseed rape (July 2018) and barley (March 2019). Further enhancements and decision tools will be introduced from June 2018 onwards and the full subscription services delivering local risk forecasts to assist field-level spray decisions will be launched in September 2019. All current subscribers will start to receive email alerts from March onwards. If you would like to subscribe for this free service, please click here.

01 November 2017:

Reports from the national monitoring of diseases in winter oilseed rape and winter wheat in summer 2017.