Insecticides applied to an insect pest based on a calendar date or sampling results often fail to achieve the expected control and are a waste of resources.
For treatments to be efficient, it is necessary to take into account the development of the crop, the development of the pest and its population density.
Insect activity varies from year to year depending on the weather, mainly temperature. Insect body temperature and growth are affected by the ambient temperature.
Each species needs an accumulation of heat to reach certain life stages, such as egg hatching or adult flight.
Pests develop faster in warm climates than in cold climates, but the amount of heat needed to complete an organism's development does not vary.
The values in degree-days interpret the heat accumulation of the pests. When used to determine the timing of treatment, they increase the effectiveness of an Integrated Pest Management program, and provide a cost-effective tool to reduce insect damage.
The values in degree-days reflect the heat accumulation of the pests. When used to determine the timing of treatment, they increase the effectiveness of an Integrated Pest Management program, and provide a cost-effective tool to reduce insect damage.
FuturCrop records daily the climatological data that affects your crops, analyzes them and informs you about the stage of development in which the pests are, the optimal time for their treatment and predicts the date on which you should do it.
Do you want to know the basics of the software? Then check the document FuturCrop. Decision Support System for Intagrated Pest Management.
Phenology models and the sum of degree-days are being used by several US Universities to predict the activity of pests for many decades. This functionality has been implemented in online tools that take advantage of data from weather stations and estimate the timing of pest activity at a specific location.
Risk and development information provided increases efficiency, helps reduce environmental impact, and results in cost savings of more than 30% of total pest control4
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