If the temperature of a flower or fruit drops below the dew point several diseases may arise, such as botrytis and head rot. However, if the temperature is too high, there is a risk of damage. LetsGrow.com now has the solution for this: a thermal camera that can be combined with data from your climate computer. The Thermoview 48 measures the temperature in your crop and gives a signal when, for example, the crop reaches the dew point.
LetsGrow.com collects and analyzes all data professional growers need to improve their production and business operation and to eliminate risks. Manager Peter Hendriks from LetsGrow.com: "We’re often asked if we have a solution to prevent diseases and damage. Wouldn’t it be nice if the growers gets a signal when flowers or fruits are too hot or too cold? This way you can prevent damage and diseases. Much wiser than only betting on the cure after the fact!"
LetsGrow.com is launching the Thermoview 48 together with a supplier of thermal imaging cameras. Hendriks: "We’re very proud of this. With this thermal camera, connected to the LetsGrow.com platform, it is possible to measure fruit, flower and plant temperatures in real time with only one device!"
The LetsGrow.com platform also provides access to other data sources, so it’s possible to obtain both the temperature and the RH from the climate computer or other (wireless) sensors in real-time. This way the dew point can be calculated. Hendriks emphasizes that the camera is an extension and not a replacement of existing climate computer sensors.
“I steer to this now”
Some growers recently tested the Thermoview 48 and LetsGrow.com and could so experience the effect of crop radiation on head temperatures. One cucumber grower: "You can clearly see the effect of screening on the head temperature. I can see it in the charts, but also in the photos that are taken every hour and are playable as a movie. That gives me a lot of insight into the behavior of the heads under different conditions. I steer to this now. I consult the result with my crop advisor. And we have many meaningful discussions about the newly generated insights."
Vertical temperature differences
In conjunction with the LetsGrow.com platform the Thermoview 48 provides more relevant information, says Hendriks. "For example, it is possible to detect vertical temperature differences at one glance. You really know what's going on with your crop, in real-time and with historical data."
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