Development of the BC Decision Aid System for Integrated Pest Management, Molly Thurston, Claremont Ranch Organics
1. The BC Decision Aid System
for Integrated Pest
Molly Thurston, P.Ag
Claremont Ranch Organics
Presentation to BC ACARN
December 3, 2019
2. What is the BC Decision Aid
• DAS is an online decision support system
for Tree Fruit Growers and Integrated Pest
• 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. What is the BC Decision Aid
• BCDAS collects daily weather data to run
pest, disease and horticultural models.
• Provides time-sensitive pest and
horticultural information with
• Front page stories keep users informed
about upcoming management issues.
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 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. 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
• Conventional and organic management
recommendations are included.
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
• Management decisions are made by the grower
and the pest manager, based on observed field
7. User create a unique profile, choosing their weather stations and models.
14. 2020 Projects
• Final year of funding for the BCDAS pilot
• 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.
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