At one time or another, I would imagine that most of you have been up close and personal with an insect trap. The insect trap is a pretty basic tool for the farm, and hasn’t changed much over the years…until now.
A new online application developed and launched by Spensa Technologies Inc. will allow you to electronically track the number of insects in the field. MyTraps.com, which was launched this month, lets growers and consultants electronically manage insect data and pesticide records on a secure website by entering the data into the site through a Web browser or smart phone.
According to an article in Farm Industry News, “Once someone has subscribed to MyTraps.com, they can input the insect data, and the online software program will create insect population line graphs so growers or consultants can target their insecticide use where needed and reduce usage in areas where the insect populations are not as high.”
The online application can be used to collect insect data affecting any type of crops including corn, green beans, soybeans, apples, oranges, pears and grapes. It also will store data over time so growers can identify insect trends and access their pesticide data online and analyze past data while planning for future crops.
But that is just the first step. Spensa also is commercializing the Z-Trap, a tool that automatically detects the number of target insects captured by the trap and sends the data wirelessly to the grower’s mobile phone or computer. The technology is being used to collect data on codling moths, Oriental fruit moths and leaf rollers in apple orchards, but will eventually be used to collect insect data from other types of crops. The company expects to launch Z-Trap in 2013.
It’s some pretty neat technology, all designed to give you more complete information, faster and more efficiently. And it just shows how even the most basic of farm tools are going high-tech.
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What farm apps to you have on your smartphone?