iPIPE provides national pest warning system

A nationwide early warning and tracking system, the integrated Pest Information Platform (iPiPE) is making its debut across much of the United States. Research and extension specialists will implement the first phase of a five-year program designed to communicate observations of and management recommendations for various pests.

The project, which will eventually include pest forecasting and tracking maps available to registered users, will aid growers in preventing crop damage by alerting them to pest locations and providing management recommendations and probable paths based on weather patterns. The project advocates the sharing of pest data to better inform all agricultural stakeholders.   For year 1, specialists will track pests of alfalfa, small fruit, sorghum, soybean and tree fruit. Leading states include California (alfalfa), Rhode Island (small fruit), Texas (sorghum), Missouri (soybean) and Utah (tree fruit). Seven such programs will be initiated during the project, each funded for two years.

Involving a variety of stakeholders, including growers, crop consultants, industry representatives, extension personnel, county agents and researchers, the iPIPE will be an important resource to help growers implement integrated pest management. Participants will begin with scouting for pests of selected crops, and as findings are reported, specialists will provide management recommendations. The project provides two undergraduate students with internships that give them practical experience in crop settings.

Project leaders hope the project not only assists growers in making decisions to prevent major pest outbreaks and crop damage, but that it also helps researchers learn more about the biology and ecology of specific crop pests. In addition, a focus on selected crops could lead to discoveries of new invasive pests and the chance to respond to them before they become major problems.

The iPIPE project is funded by a USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) CAP grant, managed by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Pennsylvania State University is the leading institution on the project.

Learn more about the iPIPE project at http://ed.ipipe.org/ .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: