Computer module uses weather data to predict stone fruit pests

11/30/2012 01:25:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

stone fruit IPM computer moduleHayward, Calif., Davis Instruments has introduced an integrated pest management module for stone fruit growers that uses near real-time weather data to help predict pest risks.

The module runs on a standard PC with Windows XP Service Pack 3 or above and draws data from the company's wireless weather stations located in orchards, according to a news release.

The computer program provides users with color-coded information about the best pest treatment options.

It follows a similar format as the grape and pome fruit modules Davis released earlier. They all contain a complete catalog of pest photos and descriptions so growers or consultants can make informed decisions.

Each module retails for $495 and uses information supplied by the Davis VP2 wireless weather station.

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