WSU-DAS - THE ONLINE PEST MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR TREE FRUITS IN WASHINGTON STATE

U. Chambers, B. Petit, V.P. Jones
The Washington State University-Decision Aid System (DAS) is a web-based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) decision support system for Washington State tree fruit growers and pest managers. It provides easy-to-use pest management programs and helps to optimize management decisions for certain insects and diseases. DAS collects daily weather data from the WSU AgWeatherNet, along with forecast data from the National Weather Service (NOAA), to predict insect and disease phenology information. Pest conditions are projected 1 to 10 days into the future, giving growers and pest managers, time to plan and implement management tactics. Current and projected pest conditions are linked to organic and conventional management and pesticide recommendations. Recommended pesticides are summarized in an integrated pesticide database (WSU Spray Guide). DAS currently provides model output for 10 insect, 4 disease, and 2 horticultural models. The Historic Weather Data Center allows users to view and compare past pest conditions, using stored weather data. DAS also supports user-entered weather data for insect models. The DAS Help Center contains an online user manual and short narrated video tutorials that explain step-by-step the various features. DAS is available on iPhone, allowing the users to check models and recommendations in the field. Constant efforts are being made to expand the DAS program. For example, the Spanish DAS website has been launched in 2011, and versions for other mobile devices are being developed. Users are required to register (at no cost). A user survey in 2008, showed that users estimated the value of DAS at >$ 16 M/year and applied it on the majority of Washington tree fruit acreage.
Chambers, U., Petit, B. and Jones, V.P. (2015). WSU-DAS - THE ONLINE PEST MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR TREE FRUITS IN WASHINGTON STATE. Acta Hortic. 1068, 27-33
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1068.2
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1068.2
integrated pest management, insect model, disease model, horticultural model, decision support system
English

Acta Horticulturae