At the 2013 NAICC Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., crop consultants can learn more about the Industry Pest Information Platform (iPIPE) platform; attendees can visit the organization’s booth and/or lunch training session on Thursday, Jan. 24th.

The iPIPE will also be one of the Emerging Technologies Session five minute presentations.

To participate in the hands-on training on the Jan. 24th an RSVP is required. More de­tails are available from Julie Golod at goloj689@zedxinc.com, or 814.689.9184.

A short explanation about the iPIPE was in the NAICC December newsletter. It was explained that iPIPE can help consultants deal with pests that could suddenly appear with warning, but using iPIPE can provide a warning for proactive actions based on the service giving timely warnings of migratory and emerging pests.

The iPIPE provides tools and models for managing and analyzing data in sup­port of commercial agricultural decision making. “The iPIPE project is a collaborative project between North Carolina State University’s Center for IPM, the Pennsylvania State University, the American Seed Trade Association and the information technology company ZedX Inc., with initial funding provided by APHIS-PPQ,” it was explained.

“iPIPE brings together crop consultants, Extension, industry, federal and state partners and allows users to share pest observation data while protecting their client’s privacy. It delivers fast, easy, and mobile mechanisms for data gathering and submission. Decision support products include national pest observation maps, epide­miological and aerobiological models and daily weather maps. The products facilitate the monitoring of pest spread to improve the consultant’s ability to offer clients timely management recommen­dations. Cereal rusts and southern corn rust are some of the first pests included in the platform,” the explanation further notes.

“Crop consultants can freely participate in the iPIPE project at no cost provided that they upload pest observations into the system on a regular basis. There is no expectation to scout crops other than those normally included in a consultant’s regular work program. Phone apps will be available for android and iPhone users. To protect client confidentiality, data shared with other iPIPE users is displayed anonymously and at a county resolution. Future fund­ing of the system is expected to be provided by large agricultural companies and associations,” the teaser explanation ended.