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Posted 22 May 2011. Plant Health Progress.

SDSU helps to Develop Integrated Pest Management Website and iPod Application

Source: South Dakota State University Press Release.

Brookings, South Dakota (April 29, 2011)--South Dakota State University plant scientists have developed two tools that can help crop producers in South Dakota and the region address integrated pest management issues.


SDSU scientists working with the Northern Great Plains Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Working Group, a collaboration of entomologists and plant pathologists from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Minnesota, have developed an IPM Guide website and IPM Guide iPhone and Android applications that can help producers.

The Northern Plains IPM Guide is available here. The site went live on March 3.

The working group created these resources with a focus on the regional crop-pest management issues that Northern Great Plains producers may face. Kelley Tilmon, SDSU associate professor of plant science and Extension entomologist, is leading efforts at SDSU and is working with SDSU postdoctoral associate Buyung Hadi in the development of this tool. Hadi said the guide offers producers a deep source of information on pest-management challenges they may face.

“As it stands, the guide has articles on soybean arthropod pests with a section on soybean diseases soon to follow,” Hadi said. “In the near future, the guide also will incorporate articles on corn and wheat arthropod pests and diseases. The guide has a wealth of photos and research-based information on the biology and management of individual pests.”

Tilmon said the information on the website will cover many of the pest-management topics that producers in South Dakota and the rest of the upper Midwest may face.

“Our goal in creating the guide was to provide a balanced approach to pest management, with information on pest biology, economic thresholds, resistant varieties, and biological control,” Tilmon said. “It’s also a very collaborative project with scientists from six land-grant universities throughout the region contributing to its content.”

In addition to the website, the Northern Plains IPM Guide also is available as an iPhone/iPod/iPad and Android application. The application is available for download at iTunes app store and Android market.

Hadi said the iPhone and Android applications feature a dichotomous identification key of soybean insects.

“That feature may be particularly useful for growers since it helps the user to identify soybean insects with illustrations,” Hadi said. “The application is free to download via iTunes or through Android market and allows for offline browsing of the guide in smartphones, so it’s completely portable and not dependent on Internet access. As new materials are incorporated into the Northern Plains IPM Guide website, we will continue to update the mobile application versions.”

The North Central IPM Center, the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, and the South Dakota IPM Program have helped fund the efforts to develop these tools with the universities involved. For more information about the North Central IPM Center, visit its website.