METOS UK launches digital crop protection tools to improve compliance and crop returns

  • METOS UK launched its Application Optimisation System (AOS) for in-field spray conditions at the Croptec event, and a storage conditions sensor and in-field yield app for potato crops, at the British Potato event in November

The AOS system provides vital information on spray conditions in the field, helping to ensure operators can adhere to best practice guidelines for PPP application.

“The in-field ultrasonic wind sensor is connected to an ISOBUS terminal which provides real-time wind speed and potential drift risk information to sprayer operators, managers, and agronomists,” says David Whattoff, METOS UK Managing Director.

“The sensor is easy to install, and data is available instantly on a smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. The hardware is contained in robust outer shell, and the system is designed to last many years, with minimal maintenance costs.”

The AOS system can be combined with other in-field sensors from METOS UK to give an even more detailed view of the climatic conditions affecting the crop, and to help manage foliar disease and insect pests.

New products for potatoes include a blue, tuber-shaped sensor for in-store monitoring of potato crops, and an app that estimates potential crop yield from a photo.

Inside the blue SolAntenna are sensors to measure and track temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels in-store. The data collected by the sensors enables growers to assess storage conditions and take action to prevent in-store rots.

The SolAntenna has a long battery life and can be placed anywhere within the store in both box and bulk storage. The wireless sensors transmit data to a virtual dashboard, which is accessible on mobile and computer, with real-time data available on connected devices.

The new SolGrader app estimates crop size and yield from a photo taken in the field. With some data inputted to the app, and a photo of a sample of the crop taken on a special blue mat with a red square, SolGrader will calculate the estimated tuber size distribution, overall crop weight, yield, and value.

“Our approach to digital crop protection means that farmers can select the hardware, software and artificial intelligence services that meet their business needs, regardless of the range of crops they grow, or their location,” explains Mr Whattoff.