WITH PLANTCT YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR LOSSES, COSTS AND GROW HEALTHIER FRUIT!
HOW DOES THE PLANTCT SERVICE WORK?
PlantCT™ is a site specific management system, that continuously monitors the weather and the plants, and can reduce the impact of harmful weather events on crops by helping the user to intervene in time.
PlantCT™ is a complex system consisting of an intelligent plant protection station, an internet backend infrastructure and advanced software.
Sensors placed in the plantation take measurements which are transmitted to the central unit. Every 20 minutes, the unit sends data to the central unit of every minute of the hour, which are then processed by the system. For easy transparency, the processed data is also displayed in graphs on our computer and mobile application interfaces.
The central unit also records GPS coordinates, so the software provides hyperlocalised forecast data.
PlantCT™ measurement data is accurate but informative, its measurements help the farmer to take optimal decisions.
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FEATURES THAT MAKE PLANTCT™ UNIQUE?
LEAF MOISTURE SENSOR
This sensor is crucial for predictive models. The measured values are essential for setting up crop protection models because several risk factors for plant damage are related to leaf moisture.
HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE SENSOR
These two sensors are placed in a common location on the device, protected from sunlight and thus from extra heating. The humidity sensor measures the relative humidity of the air. The measuring range is 0 – 100%, accuracy ±2%.
The temperature gauge has an accuracy of ± 0.3 degrees Celsius. Both parameters play an important role in the calculation of disease models and the prediction of pathogens.
The precipitation sensor measures on the tilting spoon principle, with a spoon solution. Resolution 0.2 mm/hour. Accuracy ±5%.
To ensure accuracy of measurement, a stainless steel inner mesh protects the measuring mechanism from falling leaves and other dirt.
Protruding wires along the casing of the precipitation arresting cylinder prevent birds from nesting.
WIND DIRECTION AND WIND SPEED SENSOR
The sensor is located on top of the unit. It can be used to determine wind speed and direction, which have a major influence on the feasibility of plant protection treatments
Soil temperature and moisture information based on data measured at different depths.
A meteorological instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure. Air pressure is the pressure in the air column.
The measurement of air pressure changes is also important in the forecasting of precipitation. Air pressure is influenced by altitude, temperature and latitude.
The altitude is of considerable importance for measuring air pressure, as the air pressure decreases by approximately 1 hPa (1 mbar) every 10 metres relative to sea level.
SOLAR RADIATION MEASURING SENSOR
Solar radiation plays a fundamental role in plant development, because it is the cause of photosynthesis. For grapes, it also has a significant influence on the degree of the “sugar content”. The instrument can be used to determine the number of hours of sunshine.
The sensor detects hailfall from a distance, thus facilitating rapid crop protection intervention to reduce damage.
To pass along large or scattered areas of the land can take a long time. This time can be significantly reduced with this sensor. Users are familiar with local conditions and know which areas fall into the “hail zone”. It is therefore advisable to take this into account when installing the equipment.
INFECTION SURVEILLANCE MODELS
Our system uses specific infection monitoring models, based on measured data and calculations, to warn of the occurrence of infections in grapes, e.g. Grape Black Rot model, Grape Downy Mildew model, Grape Peronospora model, Grape Blight model.
The system continuously monitors the probability of pathogen transmission. To process the measured data the system uses mathematical models based on functions developed over years of Hungarian and international research. These models show how favourable the given conditions for a given disease can be. The PlantCT™ measurement data are accurate, but only indicative, it is a decision support system to help the vine-grower make the right decision. The information displayed is not a substitute for decision making, but will assist in making a choice on the correct chemical application.
In addition to vines, our system will soon be able to support apple and stone fruit crops as well.
OUR CLIENT'S OPINION:
“We have been working together since 2011. PlantCT is a real safety aid in the life of a viticulturist. Prevention is the primary focus and the main plant protection task for a vine grower. If you can do this by good nutrient management and rely on a stable, well-established PlantCT system, you can drastically reduce the cost of plant protection by approximately half. In addition, it has an environmentally friendly effect.”
– Tamás Marczis viticulturist, Kovács Nimród Winery, Eger