Monsanto's Genuity brand this week announced its Insect Forecast tool will now including monitoring of soybean aphids. The product already provides migration pattern predictions for corn earworm, western bean cutworm and corn rootworms.
"Now www.insectforecast.com is the single-stop source for finding out about the latest migration patterns and research for soybean aphids along with other key pests," says Tony White, soybean product development manager for Genuity. "It's a fast, reliable way for growers to guard their crops against infestations and learn about helpful ideas for better insect protection for specific regions."
The online insect forecast tool was developed by climatologist and meteorologist Mike Sandstrom, to help farmers understand their current pest pressure and make more accurate predictions of future migration.
Due to daily monitoring of insect traps combined with weather patterns, the insect forecast tool is able to provide forecasts up to five days in advance.
"The process begins with our scientists monitoring insect populations and migration patterns across major crop production regions for several years," says Sandstrom. "By combining that data with information about current weather trends, soil temperatures, specific geographies and other factors, insectforecast.com can accurately predict the timing, location and severity of pest invasions for soybean aphids and other pests."
According to White, when conditions are favorable, aphids can reproduce very quickly on soybeans, potentially doubling their population in two to three days and producing up to 18 generations on soybeans per season.
"The insect forecast tool, in addition to regular scouting once or twice a week, is crucial for determining aphid population densities, which will dictate when to apply chemical control," he says.
Soybean and corn farmers can sign up at www.insectforecast.com to receive email alerts from March through September to learn when these insects pose a risk in their areas. Farmers can log on to learn when soybean aphids are on the move, corn rootworm larvae are hatching, and to track the migration and moth flights of two damaging above-ground insects, corn earworm and western bean cutworm.
The insect forecast tool is being sponsored for the fifth year by Monsanto and is offered to farmers by its Genuity brand.