Building expertise and capacity for accurate Integrated Fruit Production models in the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA)
Carroll, Juliet; Breth, Deborah; Agnello, Arthur; Cox, Kerik; Robinson, Terence
The Network for Environment and Weather Applications has a proven track record for providing grower benefits and outcomes that include improved IPM practice, reduced environmental impact, and improved crop yield and quality. Grower expertise in weather station maintenance and troubleshooting was improved via hands on workshops, written educational materials, and web-based educational resources. Weather stations on apple farms were visited and tips for their improved maintenance and operation provided to the owners. The apple insect tools on NEWA now deliver degree day predictions, based on weather forecasts, allowing end users to know if IPM action thresholds for key insect pests are looming and to take steps to prepare for suggested management tactics. A degree day calculator is now available to allow apple growers to determine specific degree day accumulations between dates of their choosing. Apple disease model logic for apple scab ascospore release and fire blight epiphytic infection potential were developed for research testing to validate for 2017 implementation. Consensus on utilizing the apple chilling and heat unit models for all the apple tools was established along with basic model logic. When weather stations are properly maintained and deliver accurate data the weather-based phenology models are more accurate, thus enhancing their utility, ultimately contributing to the economic success and IPM practices of apple growers using NEWA’s IPM forecast models.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Agricultural IPM; Fruits; Weather Forecasting; Communication