That's why Concklin is spearheading installations of 40 new RainWise AgroMET weather stations statewide. These small but powerful stations will stream realtime pest forecasts to local farmers via the internet, thanks to NEWA, the Network for Environment and Weather Applications with 250 small yet sophisticated weather stations in a network spanning Pennsylvania to Vermont. NEWA's forecasts provide a heads-up on which pests are on the move and take whether they're likely to cause harm.

After all, spraying for a pest that isn't there doesn't do much for a farmer's bottom line, let alone the environment. Based at Cornell University in New York, NEWA pest forecasts are free to the public.

Connecticut's buy-in breaks new ground for NEWA. Sixteen of those 40 stations are county-based and will be largely used by turfgrass, grounds, and school IPM programs.

"These are new audiences for NEWA," says Julie Carroll, a Cornell University fruit IPM specialist with the New York State IPM Program and a driving force behind NEWA's growth. "Connecticut's participation provides an exceptional opportunity to develop models for these industries."

Visit NEWA and learn more at newa.cornell.edu.

Contact: Mary Concklin at 860-486-6449 mary.concklin@uconn.edu or Juliet Carroll at 315-787-2430 jec3@cornell.edu.