Use Remote Pest Monitoring to Protect Your Soybean Crops

You would love to know precisely what is going on with your soybean crop 24 hours a day. But you cannot be in the field at all times. However, through the use of remote pest monitoring, it is possible to stay informed around the clock. 

You can have up-to-date data on the health of your soybeans and the possible presence of Japanese beetle grubs, adult beetles, or soybean looper moths. Farmers throughout the United States now have robust tools available to them.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of remote pest monitoring, contact DTN. The powerful DTN Smart Trap is an industry-leading option for remote monitoring systems. 

 

What Can Remote Pest Monitoring Do For You?

Remote monitoring gives farmers valuable insights into their fields and orchards. When you can’t have boots on the ground, you still can receive crucial data. Real-time tracking of pests in your area provides the information you need to make proactive decisions. 

Information on the growing season, using crop and pest life cycles and historical data, also boosts your field-level knowledge. Precise monitoring helps you plan for different soybean growth stages, and the weather your fields are likely to encounter. 

You want to know if your crops are at risk from the soybean looper moth, Japanese beetles, or other common problems. Remote pest monitoring allows you to anticipate your fields’ needs.

Having current and immediate data allows you to plan your pesticide treatments efficiently.  Without remote pest monitoring, you must rely on visual evidence of damage or pests. But by the time this damage is visible, you may have lost valuable treatment time.

 

Japanese beetles on soybean leaf

Challenges with Manual Pest Tracking

Insects that attack soybean plant leaves are a significant concern for these crops. Defoliation is a clear sign that you have a problem. But if not caught in time, these infestations can destroy your yield and profit. 

Japanese beetles feed on the leaves until the plant looks like a skeleton. By the time you spot this beetle damage, it could be too late to rescue your soybean crop.

Remote options allow for round-the-clock tracking of the presence of Japanese beetles, soybean loopers, and other common pests in the fields. The arrival of these animals can vary based on the following factors:

  • Time of the Year 
  • Weather
  • Soybean Growth Stages 
  • Food Availability
  • Insect Life Cycles 

Because of these variables, it is essential to develop a flexible plan to handle these pests. But without accurate, real-time data, you can’t have a flexible system.

Spraying for pests is a necessary, but costly, part of protecting your crops. Without accurate data, you may waste these resources by spraying at the wrong time. You risk hurting your bottom line by using chemicals when they aren’t effective and exposing crops to more pest damage.

 

How Does Remote Monitoring Work?

A robust remote system will be your eyes in the field when you have other things to do. Like sleep. 

When setting up a system, you hang traps in strategic locations around the fields that need monitoring. Standard attractants and sticky cards draw insects toward the smart traps. Then, the on-board camera monitors and counts the number of insects caught each day. 

A high-quality system will send daily photos through cellular networks to the cloud. The software analyzes the data in near real-time to produce actionable reports.  

This information arrives at your computer or mobile device. The gathered information allows farmers to make informed decisions about spraying. 

When you choose a powerful pest monitoring tool, you receive predictions to use in your pest management. You get alerts about which insects require treatment and when it is the most effective time to spray.

 

Monitoring Plus Satellite Imagery

To make your data even more powerful and useful, consider adding other agronomic insights to your suite of tools. Solutions that use season-long satellite imagery also help you monitor the needs of your specific fields. 

For example, sentinel satellite imagery can detect plant health, current soybean growth stages, and pest control needs. And cyclical pest models utilize historical data and weather information for even more critical knowledge.

Software solutions that include a network of weather stations further help you prepare for ideal spraying conditions.

 

Soybean field

The Best Treatment for Different Stages

A one-size-fits-all spraying plan doesn’t work to protect your soybean crops. You end up wasting products, which means you’re losing money. And applying insecticides at the wrong time leaves your plants vulnerable to more destruction. 

There are several ways in which remote pest monitoring helps you plan judiciously to treat your fields.

For example, the soybean looper is a defoliating pest that is a voracious eater. It is most damaging when in the larval phase and when the soybean plants are in the development stage. These insects are less likely to attack mature plants.

With this knowledge, it’s critical to have various pieces of data to plan effective spraying:

  • The arrival of adult moths
  • Life cycle and stages of growth for pests
  • The development phase of plants

A remote monitoring system is one tool to help you track this information. When combined with other available insights, remote pest monitoring is a powerful tool.

Agronomic platforms with robust data and weather forecasts work with your monitoring system to put you in the driver’s seat. Take control of your fields, your spraying decisions, your irrigation plan, and your bottom line.

 

DTN Smart Trap in soybean field

Optimize Return on Investment

Remote pest monitoring empowers farmers to make informed decisions on treatment plans. The insights they gain allow for efficient use of chemicals and less waste. Actionable insights help you make proactive decisions that guard your profit.

Specialty Agronomic Insights from DTN give you all the knowledge you need to work and plan with confidence. Your work feeds the country and the world. It is too valuable to leave it up to chance.

The DTN team is here to help. Our Smart Trap technology is the ideal tool to protect your crops and your investment. Reach out today to schedule a demo and learn how our suite of products can support you and your livelihood.