Jul. 10, 2018
BASF continues to collaborate with digital agriculture partners by developing a connection between Meteus weather stations and the Decision Support Tool (OAD) at Atlas - Wheat Diseases with ISAGRI. This collaboration, which will be operational from the 2018-19 campaign, will enable farmers to maximize their digital tools by connecting them to each other.
With this connection, ISAGRI and BASF France wish to offer farmers the possibility of integrating their own weather data into the calculation of predictive models.
Better anticipate disease monitoring with its own weather data
Each week, BASF Atlas - Wheat Diseases provides subscriber farmers and their crop technicians with wheat fungicide positioning advice. This advice to the plot allows farmers to anticipate several weeks of site organization and thus intervene at the right time and optimize the passages. The algorithms, developed by ARVALIS - Institut du vegetal on the one hand and BASF on the other hand, integrate spatialized weather data so far; they will also be able to integrate data from Meteus stations in the spring of 2019.
The connected meteorological stations of Meteus allow each farmer to measure reliably, precisely and locally, data such as air temperature, hygrometry, rainfall, wind speed, etc. Meteus will now be able to send this data to the Atlas OAD for even more accurate advice.
"This link is a demand from several major players in agricultural distribution. It is with great enthusiasm that we answer present for more precision farming. Over the last 8 seasons, Atlas farmers have, on average, gained 5 quintals of wheat per hectare while saving €28/ha on their spray yards,” says Sarah Chenevier, Atlas Marketing Manager at BASF France Agro Division.
"The meteorological precision solution Meteus aims to provide the farmer and his advisor with high-quality, ultra-local weather data tailored to the farmer's exploitation. Since the weather is a major component in the relevance of decision support tools, we pay particular attention to the reliability of data and their transmission to our partners," says Cécilia GORET, Marketing Manager at ISAGRI.