MyIPM-NEF provides Integrated Disease Management (IPM) information for conventional and organic production of apples, cherries, pears, and cranberry in the northeastern United States. The target audience is commercial growers, farm advisors, and specialists, but homeowners may also find useful information.
The welcome screen lets the user update data from the external database. Then the user chooses one of the crop choices. The user taps a crop which opens up the disease page. On the disease page the user can choose a disease by clicking the picture or choosing Overview/Gallery/More to learn more about it. Disease-specific information includes an overview about the disease and its management and a short, 2 to 3 min audio from the regional expert on the bottom of the page. The GALLERY features 6 pictures of disease signs and symptoms and pictures illustrating management solutions. The user can zoom in each picture. In the MORE section, the user finds information about the disease and its causal organism (including disease cycle and symptoms and signs), chemical control information, fungicide resistance information, and non-chemical control information (including biological control options, cultural control options, and resistant varieties).
Underneath the feature picture of every disease-specific page the user can choose to list active ingredients and trade names registered in the United States. When tapping active ingredients, the user can choose between materials registered for conventional and organic production. Active ingredients are color coded according to FRAC (Fungicide Resistance Action Committee) code. The efficacy of the active ingredients to control the selected disease is listed as well as the average toxicity value (Field EIQ values). The sources of the values are listed in the About MyIPM section. Active ingredients, efficacy and toxicity values are sortable. When tapping an active ingredient, the registered trade names containing this active ingredient are displayed. Back on the disease page, tapping trade names for conventional or organic production displays all available trade names for the specific disease including active ingredients, PHI (Preharvest Interval) values, REI (Reentry Interval) values, and toxicity values. Trade names, active ingredients, PHI values, REI values, efficacy and toxicity values are sortable. In order to quickly look up active ingredients and trade names for a specific disease, the user can tap the disease on the top and choose another disease on the drop-down menu.
Back on the disease page, the user can choose to listen to more audio recordings by tapping the headset symbol in the top right. The audios are from southeastern specialists and deal with pest and disease management.