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Development of the BC Decision Aid System for Integrated Pest Management, Molly Thurston, Claremont Ranch Organics

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The collaboration behind the development of the BC Decision Aid System for IPM in the Okanagan tree fruit sector, what the current tool offers and how it can be expanded.

The collaboration behind the development of the BC Decision Aid System for IPM in the Okanagan tree fruit sector, what the current tool offers and how it can be expanded.

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Development of the BC Decision Aid System for Integrated Pest Management, Molly Thurston, Claremont Ranch Organics

  1. 1. The BC Decision Aid System for Integrated Pest Management Molly Thurston, P.Ag Claremont Ranch Organics Presentation to BC ACARN December 3, 2019
  2. 2. What is the BC Decision Aid System? • DAS is an online decision support system for Tree Fruit Growers and Integrated Pest Management Consultants. • Identified as a priority agricultural adaptation project in the Okanagan Adaptation Strategies (2016) through a program delivered by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative.
  3. 3. What is the BC Decision Aid System? • BCDAS collects daily weather data to run pest, disease and horticultural models. • Provides time-sensitive pest and horticultural information with management recommendations • Front page stories keep users informed about upcoming management issues.
  4. 4. Cross Border Collaboration • DAS originated at WSU as a result of reduced extension capacity and increasingly more complex IPM programs. • ~400 growers/consultants in WA use DAS on a regular basis on >90% of the acreage. • The value of DAS to the WA Tree Fruit industry estimated at $16.5M/yr. • BCDAS is collaboration between the SIR, WSU (Dr. Vince Jones and his team!) and BCTF.
  5. 5. How does BCDAS work? • DAS collects weather data from Growers Supply and Environmental Canada stations to run 18 models. • Model forecasts are based on DarkSky weather forecast data and on 10-year temperature averages. • Users customize their list of weather stations, crops and models. • Conventional and organic management recommendations are included.
  6. 6. What does BCDAS recommend? • DAS can recommend product options and timing for when to spray. • DAS cannot recommend IF a spray is needed in a specific orchard. • Management decisions are made by the grower and the pest manager, based on observed field conditions.
  7. 7. User create a unique profile, choosing their weather stations and models.
  8. 8. 18 insect, disease and horticultural models
  9. 9. Detailed Weather Data, Risk Assessments and Management strategies within each model.
  10. 10. Data indicating the effect of pest control products on Natural Enemies.
  11. 11. New MRL information added for Export Cherry growers.
  12. 12. Management recommendations come directly from the BC Tree Fruit Production Guide.
  13. 13. Project Uptake 2018-2019 • 241 Registered BCDAS users • 171 Active users in 2019
  14. 14. 2020 Projects • Final year of funding for the BCDAS pilot project • Assess beta testing results for new models and features added in 2019 • Investigate additional models requested by users (Apple Clearwing Moth, Budmoth, Pear psylla, etc.) • Outreach to attract more growers/users. • Planning for the future.
  15. 15. Thankyou! Project funding provided in part by the Sterile Insect Release Program (SIR) and in part by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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