Online Insect Tool is Total Tracker

Farmers who want to ramp up their integrated pest management strategies can get a little help from a website that tracks insects.

Published on: May 27, 2013

Keeping up on the above- and below-ground battle against insect pests is no easy task, but a website sponsored by Monsanto - www.insectforecast.com - helps forecast potential pest populations. And the site can help farmers better understand their current pest pressure to make more accurate predictions in following year corn crops.

The Insect Forecast Tool was developed by climatologist and meteorologist Mike Sandstrom, and it analyzes moth trapping data and weather patterns to issue one, two or three-to-five day forecasts for corn earworm and western bean cutworm. The corn rootworm hatch is updated every week and based on soil temperature and Growing Degree Day information from across the Corn Belt. The tool is being sponsored in its fourth year by Monsanto and offered to farmers by its Genuity brand.

TRACKING BUGS: Website (screen shot shown here) tracks spread of key corn pests, even offers email updates - if you sign up.
TRACKING BUGS: Website (screen shot shown here) tracks spread of key corn pests, even offers email updates - if you sign up.

The website is a fine tool for checking the latest information, but farmers can also sign up to receive email alerts from May through September to learn when specific pests pose a risk in your area. In 2012, Monsanto reports that more than 5,000 farmers visited the site to identify when damage may occur to their corn crop and to make vial decisions for the following year.

You can learn more by visiting the site, and see the original announcement for this year's program here.

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