The new season of What's Killing My Kale? is now available!
[5/13/2019] Local raspberry farmers lose an estimated $2.3 million in annual sales to spotted wing drosophila. Researchers funded by the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants & Pests Center (MITPPC) used local grower surveys in combination with field research and USDA census data to evaluate the economic impact of the state raspberry industry’s most significant pest.
[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.