MyTraps.com enables growers and consultants to manage insect trap data and pesticide records by entering data through a Web browser or smartphone app.
"MyTraps.com provides tools to make insect trap data collection more efficient and accurate and allows real-time access of the data collected," said Park, who also is a Purdue research assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering. "Ultimately, growers and consultants can make more insightful and timely pest management decisions. The program provides aerial field images taken from satellite cameras and places the insect data over the image of the fields so growers can see the insect population data of the fields."
The program has been tested in the field, receiving praise from growers and advisors alike. Allan Fetters, director of technology for Simplot Grower Solutions, a full-service agricultural retail organization based in Boise, Idaho, tested MyTraps.com last year.
"We tested the desktop and mobile app with crop advisers and found strong effectiveness in monitoring data electronically compared to what has traditionally been a long, tedious handwritten process," Fetters said. "Not only was the collection of insect data greatly expedited, we noticed greater accuracy because the data is input electronically in the field. The traditional process would have required our crop advisers to collect the data in the field and then transfer it to a computer or ledger at a later time."
Additionally, the data is collected in real-time, and the app provides a secure data share site where growers and consultants can easily communicate with each other. And a new "lure tracking" feature reduces the number of times a grower needs to manually check the lure levels in insect traps.
The app is free, but can only be used with a MyTraps.com account. Starter accounts are free, and come with 10 traps.