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Arable Decision Support - Development and Updating for 2005 - AR0919

A series of integrated, computer-based decision support tools (owned by Defra, LINK consortia or Levy bodies) are due to be released for industry use next year and beyond. A module to support decisions on disease management in wheat was used successfully by the arable industry in 2004 and modules covering insect pests of oilseed rape and weed management will be ready for use in spring and autumn of 2005, respectively. A grain storage management tool is also close to release. The original vision in developing these modules was that they would be delivered as an integrated suite, with each tool addressing specific decisions, but sharing data (so that users only need enter farm data once) and having similar user interfaces and user support (to allow users to move between modules more easily). This vision has been promoted through the ‘Arable Decision Support’ initiative which has facilitated formation of a user community, and provided user training and support via workshops, a help line and a website. The technical and business case for wider integration of other modules currently in use or under development is due to the considered by the Applied Research Forum early in 2005. In the meantime, this short-term project will enable system updating and minimal development work to ensure that decision support tools will be available during the 2005 cropping year, whilst the medium and long term future of decision support is discussed by the industry and Defra. The project includes the work on the Defra-owned central ‘Shell’ or Data-Sharing Environment (DSE) to enable availability of modules this season. The outcome of this project will be widely available and is not constrained to the UK.
The project includes the provision of meteorological and pesticide approval data to support the modules delivered through the DSE, system development and updating for 2005.
1. Update pesticide statutory data, pesticide prices, varietal resistance data and historic weather data in the DSE.
2. Disseminate an updated version of the Shell (DSE) to the arable sector, to support the Wheat Disease Manager (WDM) and Oilseed Rape (pest) Manager (ORM) modules, to rationalise pesticide use.
3. Establish an Arable Decision Support user community of 300 users, farmers and consultants, who will be provided with training in the use of decision support tools as well as IT and agronomic support.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Arable Decision Support - Development and updating for 2005   (1391k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2005

Cost: £47,282
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Silsoe Research Institute (BBSRC), Rothamsted Research (BBSRC), ADAS UK Ltd., Central Science Laboratory
Arable Farming              
Fields of Study
Arable Crops