News

[2/13/2019] An upcoming vegetable pest management workshop will be offered in two locations on March 27, 2019. 

[1/31/2019] Will the extremely cold temperatures we've been experiencing impact the overwintering survival of key insect pest? Rob Venette and Jeff Hahn weigh in on potential benefits of the cold.

[12/11/2018] Three new episodes on pesticide use have been posted to the "What's Killing My Kale?" podcast series.

[10/31/2018] Any farmers applying compost, manure, or straw should keep in mind that while these inputs have many benefits for vegetable production, they can also be modes of spread for weed seeds. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the amount of weed seeds that appear in compost and manure and then end up on the field.

[10/12/2018] A blueberry grower in New York tested two different weights of netting to keep SWD out.

[10/04/2018] The September episodes of "What's Killing My Kale" podcast have been posted. 

[9/6/2018] With the wine grape harvest coming soon, and a recent increase in Spotted Wing Drosophilla (SWD) counts, via our weekly trapping network, growers should be aware of the potential contamination of juice or wine if berries are exposed to SWD just prior to harvest. 

[8/3/2018] Although this week’s SWD adult fly captures remain low at Rosemount, moderate to high catches of adult flies continued at the Hastings, Forest Lake, Waverly and HRC sites. 

[7/31/2018] Rick Foster and Laura Ingwell, Purdue University, discuss why our insecticides might not be perfoming the way we are used to.

[7/27/2018] Since our last report (July 11th), and likely due to the recent heat in mid-July, SWD adults at most trap locations, actually declined, to low to moderate levels in the metro-area trap network. It is now known that SWD does not like the heat during the day (e.g., >85F), and will often “hunker down” at the base of thick canopies (e.g., raspberry, blueberry), or will move to nearby wooded areas to seek shade during the day – especially when the forest shade is adjacent to fruit production fields. 

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