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Digital pest scouting replaces counting of sticky traps

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Dutch company Crop Watch has been named in a list of top innovators amongst SMEs in the country after it developed a technology to accurately and quickly measure crop pests.

The Scoutbox, developed by the company in Wageningen identifies and counts harmful insects in fruit and vegetable cultivation. The machine consists of a camera that captures images of sticky traps hanging in the greenhouse or in the field. Special software counts the number of insects and analyzes the pattern on the sticky trap. The specific characteristics of different insects mean that it is possible for the software to distinguish different types. With the data, the grower can easily keep track of the insect population and intervene if necessary.

The company says more information about a possible commercial launch of the product, which has the potential to reduce labour and standardise reporting, will be forthcoming later in the autumn.

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