NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: A public/private internet/smartphone decision-support system will be developed to demonstrate and evaluate the attitude of selected audiences, including extension educators, growers, consultants and students, toward the use of existing information technology systems, such as the ipmPIPE and the PAPipe. Multifaceted education and evaluation processes and extension tools will be used to teach stakeholders about the technology, to demonstrate system usefulness to growers and advisors and to create a new generation of educated agriculturists. The innovation will be initially delivered through extension channels, and in the long-term by the private sector. Tools will be offered to help US grain growers predict, monitor and manage high consequence insect-transmitted plant pathogens such as barley dwarf virus, cause of the most important aphid-vectored diseases of cereals. Disease monitoring mapping and advisory capabilities will be demonstrated, and control recommendations will be developed and disseminated via the new platform. Our international attempt to test the system in Italy will demonstrate the global validity of the technology. Engaging farmers with an innovative technology that facilitates use of IPM practices will improve management efficiency, reduce reliance on pesticides, minimize effects on human health and the environment, and will improve farm profitability.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/12 → 8/31/16|
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: $420,000.00
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture: $420,000.00