What did we do?
CROPROTECT is a web-based knowledge exchange system to provide farmers and agronomists with guidance on pest, weed and disease management, especially in situations where effective pesticides are not available and alternative approaches are required.
To control pests and weeds effectively, farmers need instant access to information. The app, created by Rothamsted with a web development company, provides farmers with easy to use identification guides for weeds, diseases and pests across a range of the most common UK farm crops.
Free to use, the app uses descriptions and pictures for ease of identification as well as the latest advice on integrated pest management.
Growers and agronomists can interact with CROPROTECT and its unique structure allows for rapid transfer of information and actively involves a growing community of users.
CROPROTECT also provides information about integrated pest management (IPM) and alternatives to pesticides. Currently much of the advice that is readily available relates only to chemical solutions and there is a lack of awareness of different approaches. Guidance is needed because alternatives are often more complicated to use.
The app has over 1200 registered users.