Agricolus allows to integrate physical and virtual agro-meteorological stations already present in the farm or, if necessary, to purchase them thanks to the collaboration with important partner companies in the sector.
The farmer can consult the data collected that can be used by the platform to build forecast models able to support the decisions that will be taken in the field.
Weather stations allow the measurement of meteorological parameters through specific sensors:
air humidity (hygrometer);
wind speed and direction (anemometer);
rain intensity (rain gauge);
leaf humidity (leaf wetness sensor);
soil moisture (tensiometer or volumetric sensor).
Considering that Italian farms are highly fragmented, it is very important to assess the installation of the stations according to the crop, the geomorphologic conditions of the field and the workers’ habits (machinery can cut sensor’s wires).
In a hypothetical ideal situation, there should be an agro-meteorological station for the same crop every 5-10 hectares in the lowlands.