A dog’s meticulous sense of smell is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, it can detect any kind of smell – may it be tracking the smell of human remains or even agricultural diseases. That’s right. The agricultural world has been using dogs for centuries to keep an eye on their herd of animals, however, dogs are also good at making sure that your crops don’t become target for nasty crop-eating diseases or invasive pests that attack the fields.
While many may not know this, dogs are excellent detectors of agricultural diseases, only by judging the kind of smell the plants gives out. Since their sense of smell in 10,000 times stronger than humans, there’s no denying that they’re the perfect farming partners for a majority of farmers across the globe.
Through reliable agricultural disease scanning and pest control operations, dogs are trained to detect any kind of pests or diseases that try to bother your crops.
Our agricultural disease detection program ensures that every canine undergoes a rigorous training and testing process to comply with the industry standards set by USDA and CCAADD. In fact, all of our training programs are designed and supervised by scientists and USDA technicians to ensure effective trainings and guarantee finest performance.
On the outside, a dog scans through your crops with its nose, then starts barking on whichever plants that need your attention. However, on the inside, these trained dogs identify two types of diseases that try to attack crops – HLB- Huanglongbing and PPV- Plum Pox Virus.
HLB, also known as citrus greening diseases, is a type of disease that is caused by the transfer of a bacteria called the Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This bacteria causes the decline in growth of the tree and causes its death.
A PPV, also known as Sharka, is one of the most devastating viruses that attacks a plant. This virus causes infection to a variety of stone fruit species that include apricots, peaches, nectarine, plums, almonds and cherries. When it attacks a plant, it causes increase in acidity and deforms a plant’s whole structure until it dies.
Both of these diseases incorporate series economic loss for farmers around the globe. To help prevent these, dogs are one of the most efficient helpers. They can detect the disease causing virus and bacterias from a long distance away and immediately alert farmers. This ensures safe growth of many crops and boost economic growth in the agricultural sector.
According to many researchers, canines are the breed that are perfect for helping out farmers who need assistance in dealing with diseases that attack their crops. The only condition is that the infected plant has to be at least two to eight months old, to allow the breed to sniff out any type of virus or bacteria attacks. However, if the criteria is met, then these dogs can be your new best friend in developing farming strategies to eradicate any epidemic strikes.