MyPestGuide CropScout gives the ability to quickly assess crop infestation and effectively apply and map spray thresholds to aid in spray decisions. CropScout currently assesses cabbage and turnip aphids in canola with new pests to be added soon.
CropScout is an application designed to assist growers, consultants and other field technicians to quickly assess field crops for pests relative to spray thresholds and easily record and visualise results on a map. This field intelligence can then be used to optimise spray timing and to spatially target pest infestations where they are aggregated, such as along crop edges or in a portion of a crop.
CropScout has integrated sequential sampling algorithms that optimise the number of plant inspections needed to be sure of densities of pests or infested plants relative to spray thresholds. Crop scouting surveys can be made within the CropScout application and visualised on a map either within the phone application or on an online map.
The canola aphid (winter/spring) module is the first in a series of pest modules to be developed within MyPestGuide CropScout.
CropScout is part of a family of apps collectively called MyPestGuide based at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Western Australia.