Polish Sub Pilot (M36)
The pilot focused on the development of a web-based Decision Support System (DSS) for the application of the general principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) by all professional users of plant protection products, mandatory for the EU Member States since 1st January 2014, as outlined in the provisions of Art. 14 of Directive 2009/128/EC and Art. 55 of Regulation 1107/2009/WE. After an intensive year of developments, trials, and evaluations, the Polish pilot has successfully concluded under the leadership of Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) and the Wielkopolska Agricultural Advisory Center (WODR). Such DSS is useful in determining the optimal terms of crop protection, and thus allows obtaining high efficiency of these treatments while reducing the use of chemical pesticides to a minimum. Accordingly, the IPM-DSS implements the following functionalities:
- Storage and management of users’ and agro-meteorological data that serve as the source for the DSS calculations, including:
a) Users (farmers/advisors) data collected through the system interface.
b) Farms and crop data collected from the farmers’ inputs in the system.
c) Agro-meteorological data collected from the regional/national stations network.
- Control of plant diseases in the form of a restful service through algorithms. This service provides the vital information for farmers or agricultural advisors about the risks and the conditions conducive to the occurrence of diseases and pests. Currently, there are five algorithms implemented and tested: potato late blight, beet Archer’s dart, wheat cereal leaf beetle, colorado potato beetle, beet cercospora blight.
- Presentation of data and calculation results from the plant diseases algorithms in the form of tables and graphs.
- Presentation in a map of the current meteorological conditions collected from the stations network, and visualisation of the historical data.
- Notifications of personalized events to directly inform the recipient about the crossing of exceeding limit of the defined threshold threats of the output.
The trialing and testing of the IPM-DSS was carried out in nine fields from seven farms with various crop types. These farms are part of the network of demonstration farms built by our stakeholder WODR. The fields cultivate different crops and are maintained with precise farming methodologies under the guidance of WODR. The evaluation obtained by end users (farmers, advisors) through a questionnaire is that IPM-DSS is considered an effective solution for pest management.
Finally, as part of the pilot activities, the IPM-DSS was presented and demonstrated in different relevant events in the region, including:
· XXIII Wielkopolska Agricultural Fair (collocated with the XXII Regional Exhibition of Animal Breeding).
· 18th edition of the International Agricultural Exhibition AGRO SHOW.
· Conference "Innovative methods of reducing pest populations and biodiversity of agricultural landscape".