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Identifying agricultural pathogens

Thoroughly inspecting your crops for airborne pathogens is an integral part of decision making. In fact, within a sustainable agriculture framework, such a practice allows you to plan interventions and further protect your crops. Choosing the right moment to intervene and the correct product to use has significant advantages, including preventing crop resistance to fungus through the overuse, or inappropriate use, of a fungicide. Furthermore, certain years, this practice can lead to substantial cost savings. Reducing the number of field operations lowers the effects of soil compaction, the cost of labour, damage to plants, etc.

The most significant advantage of this method is certainly, the speed at which reports are delivered. Reports are sent only 24 to 48 hours following sampling. Consider that a fungal disease takes four days to develop, this allows you to make the right decision at the most appropriate time.

How does the program work?

Collection of spores is done in the fields every two days and covers an area of approximately 50 acres (20 ha). A sampling pattern is established in the beginning of the season according to cultivated field configuration. The spore analysis report correlated with the meteorological conditions for growth is available within 24 to 48 hours directly on your smart phone or on the web.  It allows you to easily predict when your crops are most at risk. The spore collection analysis data and the information received via a weather station set up next to each farm, make AIR an efficient and easy to use detection tool for airborne pathogens. Considerable savings can be achieved by applying the required fungicide only during periods when your crops are at risk; optimizing the timing of fungicide application and eliminating the need for preventative sprayings when the disease in not present in the air.

Who is this for?

Because we are a private analysis lab, everyone has access to our services: agronomists, advisory-clubs, producers, etc.

Can be used with many crops:

This detection program can be used with any crop susceptible to be affected by fungal diseases: potatoes, carrots, cruciferous vegetables, onions, berries, tomatoes, vines, etc.

Here is a short explanatory video of AIR program :

 

For more information on the AIR program, please fill out the form below and we will send you our presentation document by e-mail.