EDDMapS IPM is a new app designed to be used by County Extension Agents, crop advisors and extension specialists to report current pest and disease activity in real time via smartphone. Currently, a few extension specialists in Georgia are testing this app and commodities are hand-selected, allowing us to refine the basic process and work on getting reliable data. Commodities include blueberry, cotton, wheat, vegetables, grain sorghum, corn and soybean. Only a handful of pests are included, with priority given to pests that affect more than one crop and whose presence in one crop may affect management in another. Agents have the option of reporting monthly, weekly or even daily if they deem it necessary. Maps demonstrating up-to-date information are available for download on www.eddmaps.org/ipm/.
The EDDMapS IPM app is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA), under Agreement No. 2015-70006-24161.