Significance of ideal spraying time application

In modern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems innovative methods, technologies and methodologies are exploited in order to achieve optimum management. Prevention, together with detection and proactivity facilitate pest and disease control, and simultaneously allow the increase of economical income for the producers. In this framework, NOVATERRA DSS provides to interested end-users the ideal spraying time application based on meteorological parameters. This allows several benefits for both the producer and the environment and cultivation. When spraying under optimum weather conditions, spraying drift is reduced, meaning that spraying application becomes more effective by reaching of the spraying liquid to its target and reducing involuntarily moving to other organisms and/or nearly located cultivations. As a result, reduced quantity of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) is needed as input, leading to higher economic profits, while also efficiency of the application is increased, leading to avoiding the need of additional applications that may lead to extra cost and development of fungal resistance to PPPs.

Any resistance development is undesirable in the framework of holistic approaches in agricultural production systems, as it leads to de-strengthening of the existing “weapons” in plant protection. Additionally, reduction of the number of applications, reduces the indirect negative impact to the naturally existing populations of beneficial microorganisms. In conclusion, the sustainable exercise of agricultural practices, reduces any unreasonable use of chemical synthetic PPPs with several benefits for the environment and the producer.

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