Launched at the Croptec Event on the 24th and 25th of November, Metos UK has introduced its Application Optimisation System (AOS) for in-field spray conditions, alongside a storage conditions sensor and an in-field yield app for potato crops.
The AOS system provides information on spray conditions in the field, helping to ensure operators can adhere to best practice guidelines.
“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,” said 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 a 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 the company to give a 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, as well as 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. The data collected will enable growers to assess storage conditions and take action to prevent rot.
It is said to have 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 smart devices and computers, 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, 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,” explained Mr Whattoff.
For information go to www.metos.uk