A NEW unique pest monitoring network is set to dramatically improve insect monitoring and crop checking processes for growers and agronomists across Australia.
The Trapview Predictive Pest Network developed by ADAMA, launches to the market this month as part of the company’s ongoing drive to provide Australian growers with the latest AgTech solutions to support their farming needs.
ADAMA has been working with the Trapview technology in Australia for over seven years and can now offer Australian agriculture the first integrated network of smart insect traps for predicting pest pressure.
Trapview utilises revolutionary technology in a fully integrated system to provide an innovative, simplified solution for growers, agronomists and researchers who need to monitor insect populations.
It operates by capturing images and providing digital recognition of lured pests using Trapview smart traps. Pest populations and their dynamics are then shared across the network of traps allowing for near real time monitoring of pest movements across a large area. Photographs are captured daily and are then archived using a cloud-based system, allowing users to be aware of the pest situation in the field.
ADAMA is currently deploying over 500 automated pest detection units into the field for this season targeting Helicoverpa Punctigera (Native budworm) along with other important pests like Green Mirid in Cotton, Codling Moth in Apples and Diamond Back Moth in Leafy Veg.
The Helicoverpa network will stretch from the upper mid north of SA through to eastern Vic targeting the key pulse and canola growing regions that are impacted from Helicoverpa Punctigera.
Helicoverpa punctigera are a migratory pest that migrate from the central arid regions of Australia to the more southern and eastern agricultural regions of Australia. By setting up a dense network of traps across SA and Vic it allows agronomist to have full visibility of moth flights and get a better understanding of the potential pest pressure for when they do arrive.
The Trapview network will provide agronomists and growers daily and weekly reports outlining the pest pressure overnight and on a weekly basis for not only in their local area but also across the entire network. Allowing visibility of budworm migration through SA into Victoria. Another key report that Trapview offers is the developmental stage modelling. This modelling takes the moth capture information and models out each development stage based on historical and forecast temperatures. Understanding development stages provides agronomists with valuable information on when to start their monitoring of crops for larvae and ensure the pest is controlled in a timely manner. This is a major step-change in the detection and management of Helicoverpa Punctigera.
ADAMA Australia is working closely with BCG to install traps in pulse and canola crops throughout the Mallee and Wimmera regions. To find out more about the Helicoverpa network please contact BCG or Andrew Newall of ADAMA on 0418 224 422 or [email protected]