Yes, and interestingly, RIMpro has plans to offer an "enhanced" weather forecast option (meteoblue.com) in 2016 vs. the base forecast (yr.no) 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, rimpro.eu.
Jon On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM, David A. Rosenberger <da...@cornell.edu> wrote: > You can access a brief description of RIMpro in the blog commentary that I > posted at http://blogs.cornell.edu/plantpathhvl/blog/ 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 < > dmnor...@royaloakfarmorchard.com> 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 > > http://www.royaloakfarmorchard.com > > http://www.royaloakfarmorchard.blogspot.com > > https://www.facebook.com/royaloakfarmorchard/ > > > > On 2/12/2016 11:07 AM, Jon Clements wrote: > >> RIMpro Cloud Service > > > > _______________________________________________ > > apple-crop mailing list > > email@example.com > > http://virtualorchard.net/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop > > _______________________________________________ > apple-crop mailing list > firstname.lastname@example.org > http://virtualorchard.net/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop > -- Jon Clements aka 'Mr Honeycrisp' UMass Cold Spring Orchard 393 Sabin St. Belchertown, MA 01007 413-478-7219 umassfruit.com
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