The service will produce the most accurate olive yield forecasts at seasonal and much longer (decadal) timescales. It will also integrate models capable of predicting pest dynamics and fruit infestation by the olive fly (Bactrocera oleae), so to provide sensible information to support pest management and reduce agricultural costs.
The service will formulate the best seasonal probabilistic predictions of extreme and biological climate indices at Mediterranean and site specific spatial scales, to allow for efficient pest and operational management strategies. At the same time, it will provide long-term (up to 30 years) predictions of future climatic and bioclimatic indices, to be exploited for effective decision-making when planning for the plantation and sustainability of new vineyards.
The service will combine different approaches to provide both seasonal forecasts and decadal predictions for durum wheat yield, risks of pests and diseases, as well as farmer-oriented decision process to define and apply better agro-management plans.
In particular, for the first time, critical information will be provided to support the definition of the most adequate fertilization strategies in many specific crop situations.