Founding of a Grower-based Weather/Pest Information Network to Aid IPM Adoption
This project had the following four goals: 1) Establish 6 local centers for weather data collection from existing instruments and from instruments to be purchased in the future by the fruit and vegetable industries with the ability to download weather data, summarize the data, run the data through previously validated pest forecasting models, display the data, display the results of the pest forecasts, display other pertinent information for pest management and allow for interaction between users and Cooperative Extension personnel. 2) Establish a centralized data collection point into which the 6 centers can feed data and information for use by extension specialists and others in order to maintain awareness of current conditions thereby adjusting recommendations. 3) Incorporate a Weather Association with a fee structure to provide for sustainability of the network and formally establish the public/private partnership. The Association will occupy an important role in both the marketing and sustainability of the network in that it will keep closely in touch with the network needs of the users and that it will provide a means of funding by fee collection from users and other agribusiness. 4) Train growers, extension staff, processing company representatives and other users to use the network to its fullest extent.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Agricultural IPM; Weather Forecasting
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