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Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 7/24/2014

Spotted wing drosophila captures continue to be low this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 24, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update: 7/17/2014

Spotted wing drosophila captures are becoming more widespread this week, although numbers are still quite low.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the July 17, 2014 Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Fruit Growers Alert 9/30/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts Remain at High Levels

We continue to capture spotted wing drosophila flies at all of our monitoring sites from southern, mid-state and coastal Maine.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the September 30, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts Remain at High Levels,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Fruit Growers Alert 8/30/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Continues to Spread

All sites that we are monitoring in southern and coastal Maine now have spotted wing drosophila flies and fly counts have increased at some sites this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 30, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Continues to Spread,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Drummond Quoted in TakePart Article on Climate Change Threatening Foods

Frank Drummond, entomologist at the University of Maine, was quoted in a TakePart article titled “Is climate change threatening Maine’s staple foods?” Drummond spoke about the spotted wing drosophila, a new fruit fly that is targeting the state’s blueberries. Drummond said the pests need to be monitored and managed, but harvesting berries earlier and using an experimental mesh trap could help keep the flies off the berries.

Fruit Growers Alert 8/16/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Spreading, Counts Increasing

Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Bowdoinham, Cape Elizabeth, Dresden, Gray, Limington, Livermore Falls, Mechanic Falls, Monmouth, New Gloucester, Springvale, Wales, Warren and Wells.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 16, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Spreading, Counts Increasing,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Fruit Growers Alert 8/9/13: Spotted Wing Drosophila Populations Jump in Coastal Site

Spotted wing drosophila flies were captured in traps in Wells, Cape Elizabeth, Limington, New Gloucester, Gray, Monmouth, Bowdoinham and Corinna this week.

Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the August 9, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Populations Jump in Coastal Site,” where you can subscribe to updates.

Image Description: Male Spotted Wing Drosophila

Dill, Cooperative Extension Advice Cited in Press Herald Column

The latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series included advice from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and James Dill, pest management specialist with UMaine Extension. Despite advice from scientists at the Maine Department of Agriculture and UMaine Extension to avoid impatiens this year, the plant has been thriving, according to the column. The article also referenced Dill’s warning earlier this season about the spotted wing drosophila, a new fruit fly that attacks ripening fruit.

Drummond, Yarborough Talk to Media about Blueberry Growing, Harvest

Frank Drummond, entomologist at the University of Maine, and David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with BangorMetro about growing blueberries in Maine. Drummond focused on increasing native pollinators and Yarborough spoke about the history of growing blueberries and Maine’s crop. Yarborough also spoke with the Bangor Daily News about this year’s crop for the article “Above-average blueberry harvest expected after heavy rains.” He talked about the large size of the blueberries, as well as growers’ concern of the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that damages berries.

Yarborough Talks to AP about Harmful New Fruit Fly

David Yarborough, blueberry specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Associated Press about a new fruit fly posing a threat to the state’s blueberry crop. Yarborough said while growers are anxious about the flies, they’re doing what they can to monitor and control them. The Washington Post, Kennebec Journal and PhillyBurbs.com were among news organizations to carry the report.


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UMaine Cooperative Extension: Insect Pests, Ticks & Plant Diseases
491 College Avenue
Orono, Maine 04473-1295
Phone: 207.581.3880, 800.287.0279 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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