Testimonials

Our solutions run in a variety of crops, from flowers to high-wire vegetables.

 

Want to know what our users think, and how they are working with the PATS technology? Read all about it in their testimonials below.

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Hortipower

Tomato

Hortipower is a Belgian grower of plum tomatoes and affiliated with Coöperatie Hoogstraten. The company has been working with the PATS-C system for 2 seasons now. 

 

“This season we started the crop in January. In parallel, we started monitoring with PATS-C. Earlier detection of Tuta absoluta and Tomato looper pests is certainly useful. It aids our IPM program as it makes us more alert, apart from the weekly scouting which we already perform. We now know what to look for and when to look for it, making our searches for potential Tuta absoluta hotspots more targeted.”
 

Tuta absoluta is originally from South America, and today widely present in tomato crops in Europe and other continents. When present in the greenhouse, it can take 4 to 6 weeks before you see crop damages. With this solution we are more timely aware of an infestation. Seeing the adults from the very start enables very rapid intervention, stopping the pest development in its early stages. This means less interventions, saving us spraying rounds and accompanied cost. As PATS-C monitors pest activity each night, we can then also track the effect of each intervention on the population through the daily updated dashboard.

PATS-C is useful to me as a crop manager, as we have to allocate less labour to scouting and are enabled to act timely on pests.

 

Astrid Sneyders, Crop Manager

Hortipower (Tomeco)

Rani Mertens, Researcher

Research Centre Hoogstraten (PCH)

LG Flowers

Gerbera

‘With PATS-C, active moths can be clearly monitored in the dark’

 

Gerbera nursery LG Flowers in Pijnacker started using one PATS-C system in March 2021. The excellent results achieved in combatting the golden twin-spot moth led them to expand to five systems at the start of this year. With PATS-C the moth pests are ‘visible’ a generation earlier than the observations with the standard traps. By having a picture of the population development sooner, the infestation can be handled better. 

 

When cultivating gerberas, the golden twin-spot moth, also known as the tomato looper (Chrysodeixis chalcites), presents a huge challenge, due to the lack of effective pesticides against the caterpillars. The caterpillars can cause a lot of damage in the crop very quickly and so must be monitored closely and combatted. “There are no good biological enemies against the golden twin-spot moth, which can take care of the problem completely. 

And in 2021 we did not have the right pesticides. Now there is a reliable agent on the market, but we could not use it in the spring and summer because of the biology” explained cultivation manager Mike Mulder. To monitor the moths, light traps are used, and their attraction is enhanced with a pheromone. This combination does trap a large proportion of the moths. A count is done weekly.

Monitoring activity under blackout screen 

The cultivation manager continued, “The introduction of the PATS-C system for monitoring has been greatly beneficial. You see what is happening under the blackout screen after it is closed at the end of the afternoon. As soon as it is dark, the moths become active and start flying around.”

He used the first year of implementation with PATS-C to become familiar with the system and conceive a strategy of what best to do with it. With the installation of PATS-C in March last year, the cultivation manager was actually lagging behind because the golden twin-spot moth was already flourishing. “To get this moth pest under control, we had to spray with an agent sometimes twice a week all summer and into the autumn. We wanted to ensure that we were rid of the infestation in the winter. We ultimately succeeded, so this year we started with a clean slate.”

 

Hanging cameras at crucial indication points

The five systems now hang at important indication points where the first moths could be expected to appear, distributed over three gardens amounting to a total of 12.5 hectares. Each camera has a light trap nearby. Mulder added, “At these crucial points in the greenhouse, we could clearly observe the first flying moth. As soon as we saw the first one this year using the data from the PATS-C system, we called a meeting with our crop protection advisor to plan our defence. The monitoring enabled us to start three weeks earlier, because we could clearly predict when the caterpillar phase would begin. 

Before then we could carry out a preventive spraying, so the caterpillars died as soon as they took the first ‘bite’ of an ingestion or contact agent.” Now, when the cultivation manager sees a spike on the data graph of the PATS-C dashboard, he can combat the golden twin-spot moth caterpillar by adding a selective agent to the spraying system. 

Limiting financial damage

“Last year we suffered extensive damage from the golden twin-spot moth. This year we had just a few caterpillars. We saw hardly any caterpillars (that ultimately do all the damage) among the plants. It is incredible how with PATS-C we have been able to limit the financial damage compared to last year.” The cultivation manager keeps scouting for the golden twin-spot moth in this way and annihilating it wherever found. He is even thinking of adding two more systems in the coming cultivation season at important indication points. Mulder has only praise for the advice and supervision provided by the PATS Indoor Drone Solutions company and the information provided for improvements to the tools. 

Mike Mulder - Cultivation manager 

LG Flowers

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