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Welcome to CropMonitor

This website provides information sourced from monitoring sites located across the country and reports up to date measurements of crop pest and disease activity in arable crops throughout England. All data gathered are being analysed to identify disease and pest risk, seasonal variation in disease development and the effectiveness of control strategies. Users will be alerted to emerging threats during the growing season and advised on appropriate courses of action.

CropMonitor Smartphone App

Available now for the iPhone, search the appstore for 'Crop Monitor' or see CropMonitor for iPhone.


Brown Rust obvious on wheat 28 Feb 2015
Brown rust is very evident in September sown Crusoe crops in the South.  

Yellow Rust in the North 28 Feb 2015
Traces still reported in the north east on susceptible varieties.  

Light Leaf Spot 28 Feb 2015
Starting to appear in all regions except East Midlands.  

White Leaf Spot 28 Feb 2015
Not a commonly found disease but there is a report from the South East  

Winter frosts suppress diseases on barley 28 Feb 2015
There is the odd trace of Net-blotch about but Rhynchosporium and Brown rust are pretty much absent from everywhere.  

Autumn pest assessment results posted 13 Feb 2015
The results of our oilseed rape pest assessments have been posted. Results of petiole scarring caused by Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle (CSFB) as well as the presence of CSFB larvae and Rape Winter Stem Weevil (RWSW) larvae are included along with a graphical comparison to previous years. Numbers are higher than any previous year for Midlands and the West, North and South East Regions. Numbers for the East are 4 x the previous highest numbers recorded in 2012. Numbers in the South West are slightly lower than the 2012 high.  

Defra oilseed rape survey : autumn disease levels 2014 23 Jan 2015
Levels of light leaf spot were lower in autumn 2014 compared to last year but similar to the long term average. Phoma leaf spot, powdery mildew and alternaria were higher than last year but severity of all diseases was low.  

Defra Winter Wheat Survey 2014 11 Dec 2014
Septoria levels in winter wheat crops in 2014 were the highest since records began in 1970. The disease affected 99% of crops in England with an average of 5.9% of the flag leaf area affected. Click here for more information.  

What's new

27 February 2015: The latest news from the regions, reported by AICC members around the country, is now available.

23 January 2015: Results from the assessments of disease levels in winter oilseed rape in autumn 2014 are now available. Click here for more information.

11 December 2014: Latest results from the Defra Winter Wheat Disease surveys in 2014 are now available showing that Septoria levels in summer 2014 were the highest since the survey began in 1970. Click here for more information.

03 October 2014: Latest results from the Defra Winter Oilseed Rape Disease surveys in 2014 are now available showing that light leaf spot levels in summer 2014 were the highest since the late 1980s. Click here for more information.

22 March 2012: CropMonitor is now on Twitter, follow us at @CropMonitor

16 November 2011: The CropMonitor smartphone app is available for iphone and android handsets. Priced at just £2.99 it provides mobile intelligence for growers, agronomists and researchers while in the office or the field.

Features include:
Wheat disease risk forecasts for your location.
Live updates of current disease levels at trial sites (April-July)
Disease reporting system for user interaction.
Photo gallery of foliar and stem base diseases.

The app has already been the runner-up in the RASE Practice with Science Award for 2012 and the Civil Service Science, Engineering and Technology award 2011. For Apple and Android devices.


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