For decades, meteorology has been an important ally to coffee crops. Meteorological stations are far from being called ‘luxury’. Although, they help mapping the volume of rainfall, besides supporting harvest plan and prevention of pests and diseases.
Cooxupé currently counts on 15 meteorological stations. That aims to work along with more than 17 thousand member-families. The equipment is installed at Cooxupé’s business units in the regions of South and Cerrado in Minas Gerais. There are also 350 rain gauges available at members’ farms.
Expansion of meteorological stations net until 2023
All logged results are extremely important to help producers in decision making at farm level. Such tools are essential to understand the behavior of the weather. For this reason, Cooxupé has been expanding its meteorological net.
The objective is to have 110 meteorological stations throughout Cooxupé’s action area until 2023. We know the number is considerably great, but the action will bring huge benefits to our members.
Thus, more and more coffee growers will rely on detailed analysis for operational planning, which means more assertiveness in the field.
The expansion, will enable detailed analysis of meteorological data. As well as further comprehension of its impact on production and productivity of coffee plantations.
Nevertheless, we will use such data to feed disease forecast models, as for leaf rust and phoma. In this direction, Cooxupé has been working out in partnership with Federal University of Lavras.
Understanding the impact of meteorological conditions upon the development of coffee plantations, and on the production, allows coffee growers to be able to adjust their agricultural, phytosanitary, and financial management schedules.
On the other hand, the Disease Forecast Program will take information to the co-op members concerning the favorability for occurrence of phoma and leaf rust due to meteorological conditions. Thus, producers will be noticed, 15 days in advance, in case they need to carry out control of those diseases.
Therefore, by means of such tools, we search for financial and environmental sustainability.
Cooxupé’s Geoprocessing department provides free access to all data collected from its meteorological stations at SYSMET platform. Click here to check it out.