Annual Report for Smith-Lever Funded Projects
Weather based pest forecast models are important tools for IPM implementation. The Network for Environmental and Weather Applications (NEWA, newa.cornell.edu) provides forecasts for important pests of fruits and vegetables. A 2007 survey (Carroll et al.) of farmers using NEWA showed that use of pest forecasts saved an average $19,500 in spray costs and prevented an average of $264,000 in crop losses each year. The survey also found that vegetable growers comprised only 30% of users, a level we hope to increase through this project. We updated the NEWA vegetable models to improve the user interface and incorporate forecast weather.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Agricultural IPM; Vegetables; Weather Forecasting; Communication