Plant protection products (PPPs) or pesticides are ubiquitous in modern agriculture, but at the same time there should be paid attention to the sustainable use. With software Water Protect, VITO offers PPPs manufacturers a digital monitoring tool that displays the PPPs concentrations in an easy-to-grasp way. Water Protect was developed at the request of and in cooperation with the PPPs industry.
With Water Protect, VITO turns PPPs measurements, collected in the field by environmental authorities, into a convenient and detailed model that can be consulted online. Besides overview maps, the software also generates reports and time series on the concentrations of PPPs in the groundwater and surface water.
Within its product range CROPSYS, VITO developed the flexible software tool Water Protect and is refining it to fit its users. The second sub-programme within CROPSYS helps to limit the run-off of PPPs from fields to the surrounding surface water. Through specific measures, such as placing grass buffer strokes, it assesses where the spread of PPPs can be prevented. It does so by continuously measuring the surface water in a testing ground in Sint-Truiden.