Okanagan – Decision Support Tool to Improve Local Tree Fruit Management [ok01]
|Status||completed in 2017|
|Project Lead||Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program|
Download and read the project summary as a PDF: New Tool Gives Okanagan Tree Fruit Growers Edge on Pest Management.
As average annual temperatures increase, the range and prevalence of insect pests and diseases are anticipated to shift, and new pests are expected to emerge. Well-informed management decisions will be increasingly important as the need for treatments — usually sprays (conventional or organic) — will increase, as will the costs of pest management and the likelihood of pests developing resistance. As the climate changes, it will also no longer be effective for producers to rely on a calendar or previous years’ timing to make management decisions.
The BC Decision Aid Support (BC DAS) tool adapted the successful Washington State Decision Aid System for the Okanagan tree fruit industry and provides growers with a real-time digital tool to support management decisions. The tool links to data from 27 weather stations, along with weather forecast data and pest models, to predict pest emergence timing. The tool has a clear, simple interface and links to conventional and organic management recommendations. The Okangan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program (OKSIR) is covering ongoing annual costs relating to BC DAS until 2021 and the tool is available free of charge to Okanagan tree fruit growers.
Okanagan tree fruit growers can register for their free account at https://ca.decisionaid.systems/page/das_development