Yes, and interestingly, RIMpro has plans to offer an "enhanced" weather
forecast option ( in 2016 vs. the base forecast (
included with RIMpro. The enhanced version will cost 50 euros (which is in
addition to the base $200 euro RIMpro subscription). Users will also have
the option for using meteoblue for historical as well as forecast data,
alleviating the need for a hardware on-site weather station. My
understanding all this is in the works, and should be available by early
March on the RIMpro site,


On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM, David A. Rosenberger <>

> You can access a brief description of RIMpro in the blog commentary that I
> posted at on Jan 21.  The
> blog post provides a link to a PDF file that contains a 3-page description
> of RIMpro along with my impressions of the program after evaluating it for
> two seasons.
> RIMpro is a rather complex program that is not easily described in a short
> document.  If you are like me, you will have difficulty understanding how
> useful it is until you actually use it for a year or two.  It sounds
> simplistic when you you just look at a few printouts, but I found that it
> was really useful for estimating how critical the next predicted wetting
> period might be as we move through the primary apple scab season.
> The RIMpro program has several weaknesses (in my opinion) which are
> described in the PDF file noted above.  The biggest problem is that RIMpro
> predictions for ascospore releases are based on weather forecasts, and the
> accuracy of the 4-day or even 2-day weather forecasts in my region in
> spring has been dismal. RIMpro will provide you with an estimate of spore
> release that is likely to occur with rains predicted over the next 4-5
> days, but that spore-release prediction will jump around as the rains
> approach because the weather forecasts jump around, sometimes in the
> extreme.  I found RIMpro to be a very useful tool, but won’t be a really
> great tool until weather forecasts become more accurate.
> It is possible that in some regions, forecasts are more accurate than in
> the Hudson Valley.  Over the past few years, we seem to frequently be at
> the interface of storms that come up the coast, but then just miss us
> because we are a bit too far north and storms that come across the Great
> Lakes but then just miss us because we are a bit too far south.  As a
> result, over the past five years (roughly) we have gotten frequent
> predictions for major rain storms and spore discharge events during the
> prebloom period only to have the storms muss us completely.  Growers apply
> fungicides based on the forecasts, but then find that those sprays served
> no purpose because it remains dry.  RIMpro will not resolve that kind of
> problem, but it will tell you what might happen if the forecasters get it
> right.
> ********************************************
> Dave Rosenberger, Plant Pathologist,
> Hudson Valley Lab, P.O. Box 727, Highland, NY 12528
>     Cell:     845-594-3060
> ********************************************
> > On Feb 13, 2016, at 2:59 PM, Dennis Norton <
>> wrote:
> >
> > Jon,
> >
> > Being int he Midwest, I will not be able to attend the Summit. Where can
> we get more information on the RIMpro Cloud Service other than the web
> site, or should we set up an account to learn more?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Dennis Norton
> > IPM Specialist/Certified Nurseryman
> > Royal Oak Farm Orchard
> > 15908 Hebron Rd.
> > Harvard, IL 60033-9357
> > Office (815) 648-4467
> > Mobile (815) 228-2174
> > Fax (609) 228-2174
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 2/12/2016 11:07 AM, Jon Clements wrote:
> >> RIMpro Cloud Service
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