As the growing season is upon us, the Spensa team wanted to find out what kind of pests growers fear most as it relates to their row and specialty crops. Obviously no pest is a good pest, but which is the worst offender: insects, weeds, or disease?
Rather than make the assumption for ourselves, we took it to Twitter and posed the question via a Twitter Poll. We reigned in the polled audience to those that live in the United States and indicated an interest in farming, growing, or agriculture and received over 1,100 votes in total. While this is no scientific study and shouldn’t be viewed in that context, it does give us an interesting angle of what our audience believes about pests.
So which type of pest causes the most concern? Insects, but barely. While we anticipated this would be the highest rated answer, we didn’t expect the overwhelmingly close results, which you can see for yourself below:
Why Pests Can Mean Life Or Death To Your Crops
According to the 2012 US Census of Agriculture, farmers spend about $16.4B on chemicals each year, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other pesticides, including costs of custom application. And even so, about 30% of crops are lost to pest damage which, in 2012 alone, equated to approximately $85B. 5 years later in 2017, that amount continues to rise even higher as pests of all sorts become resistant to applications.
Pest management hardware and software solutions can make it easier and cheaper to use applications more effectively, ultimately resulting in healthier, higher-yielding crops.
Make Smart Pest Decisions This Growing Season
This growing season, don’t let pests control the success of the crops you look after. Instead, consider adopting innovative ag technologies that can assist throughout the growing season, empowering you to make better, more efficient decisions about pests.
Spensa’s OpenScout scouting solution helps retailers, crop consultants and other trusted advisors demonstrate the value of their scouting service through relevant, uniform data collection, and comprehensive, intuitive reporting. With OpenScout, you can:
- Easily record field observations
- Send and view high impact visual reports
- Create custom picklists to only see the relevant pests for that crop or region
Spensa’s Z-Trap automates the process of insect trapping and counting with internet-enabled smart traps. Users can monitor insect counts daily from a computer or smartphone to catch problems earlier, spray more efficiently, and save more crops. This first-of-its kind trap:
- Is easy to deploy and maintain with batteries that last a full season
- Comes equipped with year-round cell service
- Has a unique detection sensor to detect target insects
- Counts and reports target pests in near real-time
Interested in seeing how you can put these solutions in place to make better pest decisions this growing season? Learn how you can get started today!