Utah TRAPs: A New Web Site for Calculating Degree Days
The Utah IPM program now offers an online tool for growers to manage their pest problems, produced through a partnership with the Utah Climate Center who funded the site’s programming. The tool, called Utah TRAPs (Timing Resource and Alert for Pests), is a degree day calculator, insect phenology, and management guide for agriculture and landscape locations in northern Utah. The ten locations currently included in the system are commercial orchard sites where USU-owned weather stations record a plethora of climatic data. They are collectively referred to as the “FGNet” system.
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The Utah TRAPs Web site is evolving, and is actually part of a collection of “Plant Management Tools” (PMT) Web pages on the Climate Center site. Future additions to the PMT for next spring include: adding more weather station locations, a fire blight forecasting model, options for FGNet weather data downloads, a frost warning system, evapotranspiration information, and additional insect models covering vegetable, field crop, and landscape systems.
We welcome comments, suggestions, or questions of this new service to Marion Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org).