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UK: New blight forecasting app launched

British potato growers can now access the latest blight forecasting information with the launch of a new simple to use smartphone app by UPL UK & Ireland. Farming Online reports.

The UPL Blight Forecast App, displays Hutton Period and Smith Period data, alongside additional layers of information such as leaf wetness and spray conditions.

Once downloaded, users can identify and save multiple field locations by adding a pin in a satellite map. It offers the flexibility to source a blight spray forecast from one postcode location where fields surround the farm, or an unlimited number of additional locations and fields. The service delivers this using latitude and longitude location data to provide a field level blight forecast.

The app, which is free to download, also sends push notifications, sharing real-time information with the user, and is available for both iPhone and android handsets.

Marketing Manager for UPL UK & Ireland, said: “As well as the Smith and Hutton periods that other services provide alerts for, this app shares additional information such as leaf wetness and spray conditions in a really simple way, to help growers consider and plan their spray days.

“UPL is a total solutions provider – offering growers not only a comprehensive portfolio of crop protection products, but also wider services required to support those products and their best practice.

“We want growers to make informed decisions, and ultimately, become more efficient in their day-to-day business.”

To download the free app, visit the app store or click here for android, or here for iOS.

For more information, visit

Source: Farming Online
Photo: NCPR News

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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