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Malusim app released!

We are pleased to announce the official release of the Malusim app, including an android and an iOS version. You can download the app from the Google Play Store or the iTunes Store, OR use the app from any browser at https://malusim.org (note that speech recognition features are not supported in the browser version of the app).

IMPORTANTIf you used the 2018 beta version of the Malusim app for Android:

Uninstall the 2018 beta version of the Malusim app for Android from your devices before downloading the new release from the Google Play Store. Why? Because the data storage method has changed, and any changes you make to your data in the old app will not be accessible via the new app on any of the supported platforms.

You can continue to access any data that you entered last year – however, remember that when entering data for this year, you should clone any existing locations, rather than editing them and simply updating the year. Cloning will allow you to access data from previous years in the future.

We welcome any feedback on the Malusim app. Send comments to Terence Robinson, tlr1@cornell.edu, Cornell University.

Apple Tools made Easier to Use

NEWA now (1) will save your apple biofix dates, (2) has a button to click out of apple biofix dates that are too early, and (3) provides the full interface for apple pest forecast tools accessed from the Station Pages. You may need to clear your browser’s cache to enable local storage and see these changes.

(1) Biofix and orchard characteristics
Tired of entering green tip dates, bloom dates, etc., over and over again? We’re now caching that! The apple diseases, apple carbohydrate thinning, and apple irrigation tools on NEWA will now save the green tip date, first blossom open date, orchard blight history selection, bloom date, petal fall date, trees per acre, and age of orchard, that you entered when last using the tool.

Here’s what’s saved after you enter it:
Apple Scab – green tip date (50% green tip on ‘McIntosh’ apple or closest equivalent)
Fire Blight – first blossom open date on variety of interest & orchard blight history selection for block of interest
Sooty Blotch/Flyspeck – 90% petal fall on variety of interest
Apple Carbohydrate Thinning – green tip date & bloom date on variety of interest
Apple Irrigation – green tip date, trees per acre, & age of orchard for variety of interest

The dates and orchard characteristics cached are specific to the weather station location and the year used. The information saved is what you last entered when using the tool for that weather station and year.

This information is saved locally in your browser’s cache. Local storage from your browser is not backed up, so if it is cleared (deleted), it will need to be reentered. Always keep a record of your biofix dates and orchard characteristics. We developed an Apple Biofix Record Sheet to help growers keep track of the apple disease and insect biofix information. Feel free to adapt this to benefit your operation and use of NEWA tools.

***You may need to clear your browser’s cache to enable local storage and see these changes. Remember, though, that clearing your browser’s cache will delete your saved biofix dates and you may not want to do that if NEWA is already saving them.***

(2) Biofix has not occurred yet
Is the NEWA-estimated biofix date too early and you want to eliminate it? Now you can! On the Apple Diseases tools for apple scab (green tip date), fire blight (first blossom open date) and sooty blotch/flyspeck (90% petal fall date) a “Click if <biofix> has not occurred” button returns you to the pre-biofix IPM information for that apple disease tool.

Screen shots of the new button that can be used if biofix has not yet occurred. (A) For apple scab green tip. (B) For fire blight. (C) For sooty blotch/flyspeck.

This is especially important for locations south of New York where apple phenology can be estimated incorrectly from the historical data collected at Cornell AgriTech at NYSAES, Geneva, NY. In particular, for fire blight, the pre-biofix IPM message contains fundamental information about scouting for oozing, overwintering fire blight cankers. For apple scab, the pre-biofix message informs you about the upcoming primary infection season.

***You may need to clear your browser’s cache to see these changes. Remember, though, that clearing your browser’s cache will delete your saved biofix dates and you may not want to do that if NEWA is already saving them.***

(3) Full interface access from Station Pages
Do you want to see what happened last year or change the biofix date on an apple disease or insect tool when accessing it from a Station Page? Now you can! Previously, the Station Page Pest Forecasts for apple diseases (apple scab, fire blight, sooty blotch/flyspeck) and insects (spotted tentiform leafminer, oriental fruit moth, codling moth, plum curculio, obliquebanded leafroller, apple maggot) provided current day results only.

Now, those links will take you to the current day results in the fully functional interface, including the map, results, and more info tabs. The left-hand part of that interface allows you to select dates in the past to look at what the tool predicted for last year or prior years. You also can select an alternate weather station location and see the map of weather stations. A link below the model results will return you to the Station Page for the weather station of interest.

Screen shot of the NEWA fire blight tool accessed from the Geneva Station Page. The full interface has the Map, Results, and More Info tabs and the left-hand selection tools to access different dates and locations. Return to the Station Page using the link at the bottom of the web page display.

***You may need to clear your browser’s cache to see these changes. Remember, though, that clearing your browser’s cache will delete your saved biofix dates and you may not want to do that if NEWA is already saving them.***

Most of these upgrades are operational on the NEWA server now. Finalizing the local cache to save the orchard characteristics for the apple carbohydrate thinning model and the apple irrigation model will be operational by Monday, April 2, 2018.

Juliet Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator, NYS IPM Program, wrote this article with input from Keith Eggleston, Regional Climatologist, Northeast Regional Climate Center, and Dan Olmstead, NEWA Coordinator, NYS IPM Program

1-minute data uploads now possible!

Rainwise developed a new application program interface (API) to allow data to be uploaded at 1-minute intervals from RainWise weather stations connected to NEWA. The Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) and RainWise programmers verified the new API for NEWA data and Dan Olmstead, NEWA Coordinator, accomplished field data analysis.

Figure 1. Change the upload interval to 1 minute in RainwiseNet. Click on the gear icon and in the ‘Station Info’ tab enter the number 1 in the ‘Upload Rate’ box.

You can set your Rainwise weather station data upload interval to 1-minute! (No worries – the 15-minute upload interval still works – the new API has been running for a couple months.)

How to switch to 1-minute uploads

Login to Rainwise.net. Click directly on the gear icon located in the main menu and select the ‘Station Info’ tab (Figure 1). On the left-hand side, change ‘Upload Rate’ to ‘1’ and click save at the bottom of your screen.

Why switch to 1-minute uploads?

RainWise Inc., an industry leader and pioneer in the technological development and manufacturing of professional weather instruments and software products, based in Trenton, Maine USA, has released an upgrade to their versatile weather app RainwiseNet. The Beta version will include new modeling features specific to the agriculture industry such as evapotransporation and a rapid-response of 1-minute updates.

Figure 2. A screen shot of the RainwiseNet Pro description of features on the RainwiseNet dashboard.

The PRO version of RainwiseNet gives subscribers the added benefit to view there weather data as full color graphs and charts and includes programmable alarms and customized export features. Acquired data from a RainWise weather station can also be shared with others through a Rapid Fire upload to Weather Underground. Weather Underground is a subsidiary of RainWise marketing partner The Weather Company, An IBM Business. The RainwiseNet app is available for Apple and Android and comes with a 2-Year warranty.

 

New RainWise Partnership with EKO Europe will provide precision solar radiation measurements.

Through a distribution partnership with EKO Europe and EKO US, all RainWise weather stations will now be available with EKO Pyranometers. EKO manufactures high-end, precision products used in the photovoltaic industry and through its worldwide distribution network and regional offices has become a global player known for the durability and precision of its instruments which comply with the highest international quality standards.

“In the past many of our customers have asked, not only for EKO sensors, but for a complete monitoring solution”, said EKO Instruments’ Technical Director Kees Hoogendijk “and with RainWise products now featuring an EKO sensor this is now possible. I see this as a natural expansion for EKO and a way to provide a robust, high-precision weather station for our customers.”

RainWise, Sales Director, Eric Rollins adds, “With the addition of EKO pyranometers we create a dynamic product that is reliable, cost-effective, highly precise and always easy to install.”

EKO Instruments US will also distribute and provide the full line of RainWise products to the USA, Canada and Mexico. EKO US will offer the RainWise AgroMet and TeleMET II with EKO sensors for the agricultural industry. Also, the cellular interface utilized in RainWise products, including the TeleMET II, will feature an upgraded LTE modem.

Contact: Michael Schroeder, Marketing Director RainWise, Inc., 207.801.4034