Much like receiving your daily weather forecast, farmers have the technology to receive an insect forecast.
Farmers do the best they can to be good stewards of their land and manage their resources to rid their crops of pests. Many farmers use a crop scout or another professional to help watch for these nuisances in their fields and apply pest management plans, but now farmers have a better resource right at their mobile-device fingertips, wherever they can access the Internet or just through their email.
This resource is InsectForecast.com, a site that helps farmers track pest pressures in their region. With this resource, they can proactively manage their insect pressure(s) and provides daily insect migration data for crop-damaging insects such as Corn Rootworm, Corn Earworm, Western Bean Cutworm, and Soybean Aphids.
The site provides information on:
- When corn rootworm larvae and soybean aphid eggs are hatching, and
- Migration patterns and moth flights of corn earworm and western bean cutworm throughout the growing season.
Based on their geography, users can sign up for email alerts, which notify them on high-risk days. Information is updated daily from April to September, weather permitting.
Why is this important?
Farmers continually have a battle above- and below-ground with insect pests year after year, so a comprehensive integrated pest management approach is key to maximizing yield potential. Technology is providing an opportunity for farmers to be even better stewards of their land and crops.
Pests that are an issue include Corn Root Worm, Soybean Aphids, Corn Ear Worm and Western Bean Cutworm.
The site includes the scientific background for each pest and how to watch for them. One example is the Corn Root Worm, as mapped below. Corn Root Worms are located in the western and northern part of the U.S. and are able to overwinter across the entire corn-growing region. Learn more about the science.
One of the things I like about this site is the great, readable maps. Click here to learn how to read the maps and what they indicate.
Find more at InsectForecast.com.