'Super app' helps track insect populations
The app allows consultants to combine data from multiple geographic growing regions and track insect population trends.
"Tracking insect trends is important, particularly with the global exchange of products and services. MyTraps.com can help growers and consultants manage multiple fields in large geographic regions so they can better identify global trends and control insect populations in those fields," Park said. "Understanding what is happening in a particular area is important, but understanding of how insects are moving across a larger region can help growers and consultants better plan for future needs."
The upgraded app provides a secure data share site where growers and consultants can easily communicate with each other.
"The users of MyTraps.com can now grant other people to view insect population data in their fields. Consultants may want to share the data with their clients or other consultants. Grower may want to share the data with Extension folks to get a second opinion," Park said.
Another new feature of MyTraps.com is "lure tracking," which reduces the number of times a grower needs to manually check the lure levels in insect traps.
"Often growers forget to replace trap lures. Obviously, they need to keep the lure fresh if the traps are to be effective," Park said. "MyTraps.com keeps track of the timespan a lure works at its optimum level and alerts the growers when it is time to replace a lure."
The online application can be used to collect insect data affecting any crops including corn, green beans, soybeans, apples, oranges, pears and grapes. It also stores data over time so growers can identify insect trends, access their pesticide data online and analyze past data while planning for future growing seasons.
For more information on starting a MyTraps.com subscription, visit http://mytraps.com/