Keeping records

Accurately recording the results of sampling and other farm operations is critical for good decision making, and being able to review the success of control measures.

Details of spray operations should include:

  • Date and time
  • Conditions (wind speed, wind direction, temperature, presence of dew and humidity)
  • Product used (including any additives)
  • Product rate and water rate
  • Method of application, including nozzle types and spray pressure
  • Any other relevant details (e.g. problems encountered, changes in conditions during spraying).

Insect monitoring sheets should include:

  • Types of insects found (pest and beneficial insects)
  • Numbers, size and life-stage of insects (particularly important for larvae)
  • Background information (location, date, time, crop growth stage, and weather conditions)
  • Any other notes that may be relevant to decision making (e.g. is it a post-spray check to assess efficacy, or are larvae damaging leaves or reproductive structures etc.)

Example of an insect recording sheet for pulses (140 kb PDF)

Visual record keepingConsider putting the data collected into a visual form (e.g. graph or table) that allows you to see trends in pest numbers and plant condition over time. Being able to see whether an insect population is increasing, static or decreasing can be useful in deciding whether an insecticide treatment may be required.

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